Pak­istan lifts ban on screen­ing In­dian films

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan yesterday lifted a ban on the im­port and screen­ing of movies from neigh­bour­ing In­dia af­ter months of sus­pen­sion amid ten­sion over the dis­puted re­gion of Kash­mir.

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Mar­riyum Au­rangzeb an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment would up­hold a 2007 de­ci­sion to lift a ban on im­port­ing In­dian film con­tent, adding that “the Pak­istani film in­dus­try has been re­vived and strength­ened” by In­dian cinema.

Nasar Khan from Hum Films, which im­ports and screens In­dian movies, wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

Khan said his distri­bu­tion com­pany has ap­plied for a so-called non-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate, re­quired for all films screened in Pak­istan, for the lat­est film Kaa­bil, hop­ing it would be cleared to­day.

An at­tack by mil­i­tants on an In­dian army base in Kash­mir in Septem­ber trig­gered deadly bor­der clashes be­tween the nu­clear-armed South Asian ri­vals, bring­ing cul­tural ties to a halt.

A blan­ket ban on In­dian con­tent in Pak­istani me­dia came into ef­fect the fol­low­ing month. De­spite this, Pak­istan’s Film Ex­hibitors As­so­ci­a­tion said it would re­sume screen­ing In­dian movies. “Cinemas in Pak­istan will go bank­rupt if they don’t,” said Aamir Haider of the Pak­istan Film Ex­hibitors As­so­ci­a­tion.

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