India mulls denying Pakistan airspace, flyers may feel pinch Will not let films with Pak actors be screened: MNS
India may review its air links with Pakistan, a move aimed at scaling down engagement with the neighbour after militants from across the border killed 18 soldiers at the Uri army base on September 18.
The government is already reviewing the 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty to explore ways to make optimum use of three rivers flowing into Pakistan from India, but within the ambit of the World Bank-brokered agreement.
These are non-military steps the NDA government has initiated after the Uri attack, apart from efforts to isolate Pakistan diplomatically.
If New Delhi decides to ban air links and overflight facilities with Pakistan — as it had done after the Parliament attack in December 2001 — flyers of both countries might have to pay more and flying hours will increase too.
Sources said a review of the air services agreement with Pakistan was next on the agenda.
The MNS won’t allow films such as Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees to be screened unless the Pakistani actors in them are replaced. “If Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan want to release their movies, they should replace the Pakistani actors,” Ameya Khopkar, president, MNS Cine Workers Association said on Wednesday, as the party continued its agitation against Pakistani artistes following the September 18 Uri terror attack.