Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has said that the Senate Committee on Human Rights prevented the Islamic Ideological Council (CII) from reviewing the movie 'Zindgi Tamasha'.
He said that the Senate committee directed the Central Board of Film Censors to provide a copy of the film for screening the panel.
A screening of the film 'Zindgi Tamasha' will be arranged for the members of the committee on March 16 who will decide whether the film needs to be sent to CII for approval.
Senate Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar told reporters that if the panel did not find the film objectionable, its release orders would be given 'immediately'.
The decision was made during a human rights committee meeting in which the chairman of the Central Censorship Board, Daniel Gilani, appeared before the panel.
Mustafa Khokhar said that if we see anything objectionable in the film, we will forward it to the Islamic Ideological Council.
He added that there is nothing objectionable in the film so far.
In a tweet, the senator said the committee was surprised to find that it was twice cleared but still banned.
Speaking to reporters, Mustafa Khokhar said that the committee would 'not be under any pressure' and that 'Parliament would exercise its authority'.
Referring to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TLP), he said, "We should not come under pressure from the parties who made Islamabad twice hostage."
It should be noted that the government announced in January this year that the film 'Zindgi Tamasha' will be sent to the CII for review.
Earlier, the censor board had twice approved the release of the film in response to a possible protest by the TLP.
The film, which was premiered at the Boston International Film Festival, was termed as a "blasphemy" by TLP.
Later, the film's director Sarmad Sultan Khost had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter without saying that despite the censor board's approval, his film was being stopped.