The Dawn newspaper said “Censor boards in Islamabad and Karachi have decided to ban the film because it portrays a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names.” Even CDs and DVD’s are also banned in Islamabad. A representative of the film’s distributor, Everready Pictures informed that the film was banned in Pakistan.
It was about to release on January 23 across Pakistan, cinemas in Karachi had removed it from their websites leading to speculations about its forthcoming screening. Previously, Neeray Pandey director quoted that the film was not “anti-Pakistan.”
Popular Pakistani TV drama actor Mikaal Zulfiqar as well as Rasheed Naz, who played the villainous cleric in Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Khuda Ke Liye’.
In the past, the local censor board banned ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ that featured an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent and board commonly bans films deemed to have ‘anti- Pakistan’ themes.