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New Pakistani minister bans “vulgar” movie billboards, critics fear rise of Islamists

Film posters are seen at the hall of the Bambino Cinema in Karachi, Pakistan August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

By: Sarwar Alam

Punjab’s new information minister, Islamist politician Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, has announced a ban on “vulgar” movie billboards in the Pakistani province, angering those who fear the growing influence of hardliners under new prime minister Imran Khan. Since Khan’s party appointed him last week, Chohan has caused a number of rows, including with his visit to the grave of a man sentenced to death for killing the governor of Punjab in 2011, and with critical remarks about Nargis, a popular Pakistani singer and actress. “If any vulgar billboard is found at any cinema in Punjab after three days, there will be a fine in…

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