dailyeghamAshir Azeem’s action film Maalik, which was banned all across Pakistan, leading to a classic ‘freedom of expression’ vs ‘state control’ debate over social media, is now releasing worldwide.

The movie which was banned approximately two months ago, is now set to release in the Middle East, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

Maalik controversy: SHC adjourns hearing against ban on film

The Maalik team took to social media to share the news.

Talking about the release, director Ashir Azeem told The Express Tribune, “At first, there were no plans but since the judgement is reserved for the court case, we are going ahead with the international release.”

Ban on ‘Maalik’ is violating freedom of expression: Azeem

Previously, a ministry official told The Express Tribune that the film’s depiction of corrupt politicians is what led to its ban.

“The information ministry reserves the right to ban any film at any time. Maalik has been banned because it shows a former chief minister as a man of corruption and opulence,” he said.

The movie faced a ban in its initial days after release.

While the Sindh High Court has had the final word in Pakistan, the movie is now set to make waves globally.