LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday said the Ministry of Information was focused to project the country’s soft image abroad.
Talking to a group of film producers and exhibitors, after being briefed about Pakistan’s film industry here,
he said the entertainment industry could prove to be the best source to highlight the state narrative.
He assured the film producers and exhibitors that efforts would be made to give tax relief to local movies. There was a need to improve the number and content of Pakistani movies in addition to increasing the number of
cinema screens in the country, he added.
Fawad was of the view that there was a conflict of narrative in the local and foreign films. “We have to improve our narrative and we will definitely encourage Pakistani narrative.”
He said cinema owners should also increase the gate money (ticket) for foreign movies.
The federal minister mentioned that he had talked to ambassadors of various countries to look into the possibility
of collaboration in film production to enhance Pakistan’s soft image among the comity of nations.
He said a Pakistani movie “Parwaz He Janoon” and two dramas “Hamsafar” and “Tanhaiyan” would be screened in Saudi Arabia, and three movies would be exhibited in China.
The commercial counselors working in Pakistani missions abroad had been asked to play their role in finding out avenues for Pakistani movies in other countries, especially where Pakistani diaspora was in a large number, he added.
The minister said a cell was being established in the Information Ministry that would facilitate the film-makers in acquiring NOCs (No Objection Certificates) and liaising with the provincial governments. Work was also underway on a policy to streamline the procedure of censorship of films and rationalizing overlapping of work between provincial and central film censor boards, he added.
Regarding entertainment concerts, he said there should be 15 percent tax on concert tickets so that the
the maximum number of people could be accommodated and facilitated.
He said copyrights of TV performances of actors/singers would be transferred to them so that they could get
royalty of the work they had done in the past.
The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority was being established merging the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pakistan Press Council (PPC) and PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority), he said.
The minister said a state-of-the-art media university was being established in Islamabad. Pakistan lacked trained and skilled manpower in media, especially in IT and digital/HD media, and the media university would also impart modern media knowledge to people attached to the media industry, he added.
He appreciated the fact that film exhibitors were also investing in filmmaking and urged the film producers to
keep playing their role in the revival of the film industry in the country by making good quality films.
High Comm. starts Online Appointment System for Attestation
LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London has decided to launch Online Appointment System from December 17 for the smooth functioning of the attestation process of the general public.
According to a statement of the High Commission issued here Friday, this step has been taken to facilitate the Pakistani community.
The PHC statement said that It has been observed that there is a long queue for Attestation at the Pakistan High Commission London every day.
” Resultantly, this makes hard for staff members to facilitate the public in scheduled time and proper manner.”, it added. Initially, the High Commission will accommodate applicants without any prior appointment till December 31 but priority will be given to those applicants who have booked their appointments online.
After the deadline, no applicant will be served without an online appointment at the High Commission. Appointments can be booked on the below-mentioned website:
“Our Diaspora in London is requested to please cooperate in this regard with High Commission enabling us to provide better Attestation Service”, PHC statement concluded.
Fed. Govt. restores licenses issued for prohibited bore weapons
ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has restored all licenses issued earlier for automatic weapons within the prohibited bore.
According to the Ministry of Interior notification: “Federal Government is pleased to notify that all arms licenses of automatic weapons within Prohibited Bore suspended vide the aforementioned notification are now treated to be valid…The ban imposed on the issuance of Non-Prohibited Bore Arms license is lifted with immediate effect”.
The ban on the issuance of arms licenses for Prohibited Bore category [to the extent of General Officers or equivalent, officers or other ranks of the Military in accordance with Army Regulations (Instructions) 2000] has also been lifted. It is pertinent to mention here that these licenses were suspended last year on 26th of December.
Terrosism: 6 security personnel lost lives in Turbat
QUETTA: An intelligence-based operation was conducted on a terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda, Turbat, Balochistan on Friday.
Terrorists targeted one of the vehicles of security forces through the improvised explosive device (IED) and as a result, six security personnel embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). In exchange of fire four terrorists were killed.