23/01/2015 3:22 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Akshay Kumar's 'Baby' Banned In Pakistan

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 19: Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Kumar with director Neeraj Pandey during an exclusive interview with HT City, Hindustan Times, to promote their upcoming movie Baby at HT Media Office on January 19, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Baby is an upcoming Indian espionage action thriller film scheduled to release on January 23, 2015. (Photo by Waseem Gashroo/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Akshay Kumar starrer 'Baby', about an Indian spy mission to catch a dreaded terrorist, will not be shown in Pakistan as the censor board of the country refused to allow it screening.

"Censor boards in Islamabad and Karachi have decided to ban the film because it portrays a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names," the Dawn newspaper said.

All CDs and DVDs of the film have also been banned in Islamabad. A representative of the film's distributor, Everready Pictures informed the paper that the film has been banned in Pakistan.

Although, the film was set to release on January 23 across Pakistan, cinemas in Karachi had removed it from their websites leading to speculations about its imminent screening.

The film stars famed Pakistani TV drama actor Mikaal Zulfiqar as well as Rasheed Naz, who played the villainous cleric in Shoaib Mansoor's 'Khuda Ke Liye'.

Earlier, director Neeray Pandey was quoted as saying that the film was not "anti-Pakistan."

The board routinely bans films deemed to have 'anti- Pakistan' themes. In the past, the local censor board banned 'Ek Tha Tiger' that featured an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent.

Watch the trailer here.