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Pakistan is an Asian country that worships Islam.

General censorship[]

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority regulates and issues channel licences for establishment of the mass media culture, print and electronic media and under the Article 19: Chapter I of the Constitution of Pakistan, it has jurisdiction to impose reasonable restrictions in the interest of the religion, the integrity, national security of Pakistan.

  • Like many Muslim countries, Pakistan bans any media which perceives to have anti-Islamic themes or having obscene content.

Books censorship[]

  • The Truth About Muhammad - banned for its criticism of Islam.
  • Satyarth Prakash is banned in Sindh (a region of Pakistan) since 1944.

Internet censorship[]

YouTube was blocked on occasions.

Movies censorship[]

  • The Blood of Hussain - this film was banned after General Zia-ul-Haq seized power in 1977 with a coup d'état (which overthrew President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto), as it portrays a military coup in an unfavourable light.
  • The Da Vinci Code - Banned due to protest by the Christian community in Pakistan.
  • Lahore - Banned as the censor board objected to some dialogues and scenes of the film
  • Tere Bin Laden - Banned fearing that the title could be misconstrued by Islaist extremists as reason for attack
  • Slackistan - Banned due to the director refusing to make cuts requested by the Central Board of Film Censors
  • The Dirty Picture - this movie was banned by authorities. However, it was later cleared for release only a week after the Indian premiere.
  • Delhi Belly - this film was not allowed to be screened by the censor board.
  • Khiladi 786 - this film although was renamed as Khiladi for release, its promos and ads were banned in the country.
  • Ek Tha Tiger - this film was banned because the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistan secret services) agent role was depicted by Katrina Kaif's character.
  • Agent Vinod - this film was banned as it was against ISI spy agency.
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - this film about the life of Indian Olympic runner Milkha Singh was banned for depicting Pakistan Sports Authorities using unfair means and for depicting Pakistan in a wrong way.
  • Raanjhanaa - This film was banned for portraying an image of a Muslim girl (played by Sonam Kapoor) falling in love with a Hindu man and having an affair with him.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation: This film was banned for depicting Pakistan as an unstable state and the fictitional portrayal of a "foreign invasion of Pakistan's nuclear installations".
  • Children of War - This film was banned for portraying the 1971 Bengal War (which resulted in Bangladesh's independence) contrary to Pakistan's view.
  • Haider - This film was banned for depicting Kashmir insurgency, which is a sensitive issue in the country.
  • Noah (2014) - This film was banned by portraying Noah (which the Islamic teachings considers a prophet, which in Islam depicting one would be considered as idolatry, which said religion condemns) by an Actor.
  • Calendar Girls - This film was banned by Pakistan due to objection in a dialogue in the film.
  • Phantom - This film, which deals with the 26/11 attacks based on Hussain Zaidi's Mumbai Avengers, was demanded to be banned by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Lahore High Court banned said film on 20 August 2015 as federal government wanted petition by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed to be dismissed due to its uselessness and the government did not want to be involved unnecessarily as no one in the country asked for NOC to screen the film. Lahore High Courte judge Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan asked the government that what it could do to stop the movie CDs from being sold in the market after the ban.
  • Baby - This Bollywood film based on terrorism was banned in Pakistan.
  • Bangistan - This film about two suicide bombers was banned by the Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors.
  • Dishoom - This film was banned because of its plot about an Indian cricket player getting kidnapped before a India vs Pakistan match, which could cause the country to think it is against Pakistan.
  • Udta Punjab - This film was banned due to use of abusive language.
  • Shivaay - This film was banned due to the India-Pakistan border conflict.
  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - this film was banned due to the India-Pakistan border conflict.
  • Neerja - This film was banned for allegedly showing Pakistan in bad light, which was denied by Sonam Kapoor, who portrays slain flight attendant Neerja Bhanot in the film.
  • Ambarsariya - this film was banned in Pakistan due to references to Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing in the movie.
  • Viceroy's House - this film was banned for misrepresenting Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founding father and first President of Pakistan.
  • Tubelight - This film was banned in order to prevent hamper of the release of local films.
  • Tiger Zinda Hai - This film was banned for showing that Indians and Pakistanis are doing a combined work that is not allowed in Pakistan.
  • Dangal - This film was banned when actor-producer Aamir Khan refused Pakistan Censor Board's demand that the scenes with the Flag of India and the Indian National Anthem be removed.
  • Naam Shabana - This film was banned for portraying Pakistan "in bad taste".
  • Jolly LLB 2 - banned because of references to the Kashmir issue.
  • Raees - banned due to "objectionable" content, as it "undermines Island and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays some Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists".
  • Pad Man - banned due to its "taboo" subject such as menstruation, which is haram (forbidden) in Islam.
  • Pari - banned for promoting black magic and for hurting Islamic values.
  • Raazi - banned for showing an intelligence agent spying Pakistan for India.
  • Gold - Banned for fears regarding the depiction of the 1947 partition.
  • Veere di Wedding - Banned for depicting obscenity and vulgar dialogues by female characters.
  • Mulk - Banned for showing an Indian Muslim family accused of treason and ties with the Pakistanis.
  • Aiyaary - Banned for portraying Pakistan in a bad light.
  • Race 3 - Banned in order that four big banner Pakistani films and other smaller regional language (such as Sindhi and Punjabi) on Eid-al Fitr (the end of Ramadan) could do good business without competition from Bollywood films.
  • Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran - Banned for referencing Pakistan's nuclear tests and facilities

Since February 2019, all Indian films were banned from screening by Pakistan in retaliation to the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government pertaining to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Video Games censorship[]

TV censorship[]

  • Taar-e-Ankaboot - This series was taken off air as it touched on many taboo amd bold subjects such as prostitution, sexuality and black magic.

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