The newly appointed information minister in Punjab, Islamist politician Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, has announced a ban on “vulgar” movie billboards in the Pakistani province.
This has caused quite a stir among the locals who fear that under the new Prime Minister, there’s a growing influence of hardline Islamists.
The ban wasn’t the first issue to cause anger. 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.
In a public meeting in the eastern city of Lahore, Chohan announced that any vulgar billboard is found at any cinema in Punjab after three days, there will be a fine in first place, and if any one didn’t comply, that cinema will be shut down.
According to Chohan, vulgar billboards include displaying pictures of half-naked women.
The new Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s, election victory in July was helped by strong support from Islamist parties.
Chohan joined Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Justice Movement from the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.