Conversion of Markaz-e-Islami into Cinepax challenged

KARACHI: The police welfare civil society approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday challenging the conversion of the Markaz-e-Islami into Cinepax cinema hall.

The society submitted in its constitutional petition that the Markaz-e-Islami, which was founded by former governor SM Abbasi in 1982, had been converted into a cinema hall, namely Cinepax in 2013.

The matter was sent to Justice Anwar Hussain for the hearing, who declined to proceed with it. The petition was now referred to the SHC chief Justice who will assign it before any other bench.

The petitioner submitted that the centre was made for carrying out Islamic activities but after its conversion into cinema now objectionable movies are being shown there.

The petitioner submitted that he had written many applications to the authorities concerned but no action has been taken as yet.

Citing owner of the cinema Hashim Raza, Funrama Art Entertainment, Sindh home department, IGP Sindh and SHO of Joharabad police station as respondents, the petitioner prayed to the court to restore the old status of the Markaz-e-Islami.

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