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.