Pakistan latest to ban ‘Da Vinci’

'Code' continues to hit roadblocks

NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said.

The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal.

“Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, and degradation of any prophet is tantamount to defamation of the rest,” Jamal told state-run media.

The film, he said, hurt the feelings of Christians and Muslims. “We in Pakistan are brothers to each other.”

Christians make up 2.5% of the overwhelmingly Muslim population of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s chief censors warned action would be taken against those who watch, show, sell or purchase the film.

More Film

  • 48 Hours Remake

    '48 Hours' Remake in Development at Paramount With 'Good Time' Team

    NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said. The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal. “Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, […]

  • Variety’s Top Movies of 2017: Critics

    The Best Films of 2017

    NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said. The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal. “Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, […]

  • James Gunn

    'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective

    NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said. The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal. “Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, […]

  • Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Named EVP,

    Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group

    NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said. The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal. “Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, […]

  • Dwayne Johnson president 2024

    Dwayne Johnson Strongly Considering Presidential Run in 2024 (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Sunday banned “The Da Vinci Code” amid growing resentment toward the film among Muslim and Christians alike in the Islamic republic, officials said. The ban was ordered by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, according to Minister for Culture GG Jamal. “Islam teaches us to respect all the prophets of Allah Almighty, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content