Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba which the United Nations has listed as a terrorist organisation, had petitioned the court to ban the Kabir Khan-directed feature film Phantom on the basis that it maligns Pakistan and vilifies Saeed and his current organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

“The government has been told that the film should not be presented for showing in Pakistan and to take necessary steps in this regard,” lawyer AK Dogar told Reuters.

In its reply to the petition in court, the government had “vehemently denied” that there were ever any plans to screen the Indian film.

Phantom is described as a political thriller set in aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif opposing a villain named “Harif Saeed” – in what is believed to be an obvious but not direct reference to the JUD chief.