The biggest International Movie Database was banned, without any prior notice or reason of any sort, all across the country that initiated a wave of hatred and frustration among the millions of Internet users already annoyed by the inexplicable ban on YouTube and the unnecessary hustle they have to bear everyday.
The ban did not last for more than a few days, when recently it was lifted, again without any official reason. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) did not release any official statement clarifying their stand on the matter.
It was not until recently, when IMDB reinstated in the country everything seemed to go back to being normal until one thing stood out to be odd.
Then it struck the academics like lighting, The perfect timings for IMDB getting banned and The ‘odd’ incident fall in place to form a perfect picture. One of the conspiracy theories stated that it was the bad reviews of ISPR made over the movie WAAR led to the ban of IMDB, but once you get to know the truth, these speculations would seem so amateur.
The rumor has it that, Believe it or not the reason for which IMDB was blocked was to banish any traces left of the notorious movie named “The Line of Freedom”.
“The Line of Freedom” still remains to be a ‘blocked content’ from viewership within Pakistan. Most of the movies Google Results, it’s theatrical trailers on major video hosting websites even its reviews are banned from viewership within the country.
The question that now arise is Why? Why is the movie Line of Freedom (2012) such a taboo topic in Pakistan? The reason are even more shocking.
Directed by David Whitney, the movie revolves around the real life-story of a student named Nasir Baloch from Balochistan, and his survival story when he was abducted by Official Security Forces. The movie gets momentum after the forces are shown to torture Nasir only to eventually shoot him with a definite intention to kill and dump his corpse in the desert. Miraculously Nasir survives and thus the story unfolds further that exposes a rather unsettling image of the country’s most reputable organizations and officials, along with their despicable activities in Balochistan.
The aforementioned speculations are based on deductive logic and might make sense to the most rationale of the lot. For further clarification here are a few real Tweets of some of the common people who saw the movie before it was taken down.
— Jan Baloch (@janbaloch45) November 17, 2013
Quite speechless nd angry after watching this movie #lineoffreedom..Thanks for sharing Shahal May Allah protect our baloch bros and sisters.
— Gulrukh K mohmandzai (@Khan_baloch0123) November 17, 2013
Was it the right decision to block IMDB because of a Movie?