In­dia mulls deny­ing Pak­istan airspace, fly­ers may feel pinch Will not let films with Pak ac­tors be screened: MNS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soub­hik Mi­tra and Tushar Sri­vas­tava let­ters@hin­d­u­atan­times.com Naresh Ka­math naresh.ka­math@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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