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The Lahore High Court on Thursday banned the release of Indian film Phantom in Pakistan, local media reported. The high court ruling came on a petition filed by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Saeed, who masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, had filed the petition seeking a ban in Pakistan on the release of Phantom alleging the film contained "filthy propaganda" against Pakistan.

"Phantom", which stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, is based on post-26/11 Mumbai terror attacks scenario and global terrorism. It is an adaptation of author Hussain Zaidi's book Mumbai Avengers and releases on 28 August.

A trailer of the film, which was released recently, opens with vignettes from 26/11 attack and shows its main perpetrators--Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, David Headley and Sajid Mir.

In the Bollywood film, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Daniyal, an Indian agent who has to find and kill Hariz Saeed, a veiled reference to the JuD chief who is wanted in India and resides in Pakistan. Katrina plays the character of secret agent Nawaz Mistry in the movie, directed by Kabir Khan.

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