ISLAMABAD  - The Supreme Court Wednesday sought a comprehensive report from the Sindh government and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation on conversion of an Islamic Centre into cinema house. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali while hearing a sumo motu case regarding the matter directed the Sindh government and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to explain as under what law the Islamic Centre can be converted into a cinema house.

The apex court had taken suo motu notice on an application moved by Ameer Jamaat Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman.

During the course of proceeding, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali asked as to whether the Islamic Centre has been converted into a cinema house. A representative from the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation told the court that the Corporation has rented out the auditorium of the Centre to a cinema house for rupees two lakh per month. A law officer of the Sindh government, however, told the court that they will file a written statement in this regard. The court gave time for submitting the instant reply.

Counsel for Jamaat Islami Taufeeq Asif informed that the auditorium of Islamic Centre is being used for screening films for the last five years.

Ameer Jamat Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman had filed an application with the Supreme Court mentioning that the Islamic Culture Centre has been converted into a cinema house which is un-Islamic and immoral offence adding that this act is also against the ideology of Pakistan.

He had requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the matter at which the court while hearing the matter on Wednesday directed the Sindh government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to submit its replies within two weeks and adjourned further hearing.