Pakistani police inspect a burnt-out cinema complex following violent protests against an anti-Islam film in Karachi on September 22, 2012. — AFP Photo

KARACHI: The Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association, southern zone, on Monday appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to place a ban on all forms of processions on M.A. Jinnah Road in the wake of the Friday violence during which several cinemas and other public and private properties were set on fire.

They also sought compensation for the financial losses the cinema owners suffered besides the necessary steps to prevent such pandemonium that put private property at risk.

The demands were made by southern zone chairman of the PFEA Nadeem Mandviwalla while speaking at a press conference. Chaudhry Farrukh and Shiekh Adeel Imtiaz of Capri and Bambino cinemas, respectively, were also present.

Mr Mandviwalla said: “Burning of cinema houses in Karachi is a major setback for the cinema industry.”

Mr Adeel of Bambino cinema said: “Everything from my office was taken including LCDs and computers. The sad part is that all this was done in the name of Islam. I didn’t get the cinema insured, as I couldn’t afford the cost of insurance. The association needs to take a unified stand to provide the reasonable compensation for our losses.”

Mr Farrukh of Capri Cinema said: “They had come prepared with rods and bolt cutters. They had not only subjected one of my employees to torture but also burnt down the cinema. My employee had no other choice but to run to save his life,” he said.—Staff Reporter

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Anas Salim
September 25, 2012 9:27 pm
Ahmed Jumma
September 25, 2012 11:46 am
Actually there is no Law in Pakistan, whoever has power, he can destroy or build anything in this country. Islam is the perfect Law for mankind but Muslims of Pakistan are proving that they are not human beings and bringing bad image for Islam. If there is any sincere govt in Pakistan, it should feel its responsibility for protection of lives and properties of the common people. Why govt. is allowing the miscreants to kill the innocent citizens and their properties. No real Muslim can commit such crime, hence govt. should allow police to shoot such people on the spot without any leniency. Govt should also allow the procession on specific play grounds out of which nobody can be allowed to do any such activity otherwise must be arrested on the spot.
September 26, 2012 6:45 am
why only M.A. Jinnah road? I.I. Chundrigar and Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed roads were badly affected all week. considering that is the hub of Karachis service sector and source of the majority of tax collections i believe it either deserves the same level of protection as the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad.
September 25, 2012 11:47 am
Mr. Rafiq, God forbid if anyone comes into your house and burns it to the ground, then i will ask you who you will demand compensation from? The government and the local authorities are supposed to provide us protection. Its easy to criticise from the outside but you have no idea how it feels when you see your own property being destroyed in front of your eyes and you can't do anything about it.
September 25, 2012 11:50 am
The govt. should designate a place for protests like Tahrir square in Cairo, Dundas square in Toronto or Trafalgar Square in London. The space should be able to hold a large number of people. The law should restrict them from crossing their protestations into public or private areas and if they do, they should be dealt severely. This way they can protest and we can live our lives.
September 26, 2012 9:10 am
All Cinema Halls must be immediately re-located on MARINE DRIVE-CLIFTON. Old Karachi deserves to be purged of all Processional Scourges and Cinema Halls’ ‘Nahoosat’ especially from M.A. Jinnah Road and its near proximity!!! It’s about time the Government did something constructive in this regard!!!
September 25, 2012 10:35 am
One-by-one, seems on solution except to completely ban on all forms of processions on M.A. Jinnah Road.
Rafiq Ali
September 25, 2012 10:45 am
"I didn’t get the cinema insured, as I couldn’t afford the cost of insurance." - Yeah right! I sympathize completely with those who have lost assets as a result of the mindless violence; however, the fast-growing habit of demanding compensation as a handout is not tenable or sustainable in all cases.
September 25, 2012 12:38 pm
Mr. Ali they are not begging for charity. It's their right. These places were mercilessly destroyed while the rangers and police deployed to safeguard and protect just stood there and watched. The authorities failed in doing their job and now they must compensate.
September 25, 2012 9:28 am
We are crazy as a nation. May Allah give us some sense and vision.
September 25, 2012 9:40 am
September 25, 2012 1:45 pm
Is there a government writ in any part of Pakistan? this government is totally impotent and is only interested in corruption, therefore has ceased its right to remain in power.
September 25, 2012 9:37 am
To place a ban on all forms of processions on M.A. Jinnah Road.
September 25, 2012 6:50 pm
Banning processions on M.A.Jinnah road only is not enough.Considering the size and population of Karachi,I suggest that the ban must be consider to cover all commercial and industrial areas. For example,from Tower to Airport should be declared a NO PROTEST - PROCESSION ZONE.
September 25, 2012 11:53 am
Cinemas owners should totally be compensated. Some people may not agree with their programming but they help create culture and at the moment we desperately need some.
September 25, 2012 4:20 pm
Agreed 100%, but not only for protest, for all kind of processions.
September 25, 2012 9:00 am
To place a ban on all forms of processions on M.A. Jinnah Road.
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