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Pakistan Bans Bollywood Movies As Tensions Rise Over Kashmir

The move has come as a reaction to India’s clampdown on Kashmir.


The aftershocks of India’s constitutional coup on Kashmir continue as Pakistan has now announced to cut all cultural ties with its eastern neighbor. A Bollywood ban is now in effect in Pakistan.

Under the latest development, no Indian movie, drama or any other content will be aired or screened in Pakistan.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan announced the blanket ban on Indian content on Thursday.


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She said that the measure was taken after India’s move to annex Kashmir and deprive its people of their special rights under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

On Monday, India revoked the constitutional provisions to remove Occupied Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status. The BJP government says that the move is aimed at ‘integrating the disputed region in its union territory.’

Speaking to media outside the Parliament House, Awan maintained that the country can’t ignore Indian atrocities in Kashmir. She said a policy was being formulated in this regard and will soon be announced.


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“From now on, all kinds of Indian cultural content will be banned in Pakistan.”

She said Pakistan will go to any lengths to counter India’s plans to change Kashmir’s demographics and suppress its freedom movement.

As an immediate reaction to Indian move on Kashmir, Pakistan has so far has closed its airspace for Indian flights, suspended railway routes, trade and diplomatic ties with India. This has been followed by a Bollywood ban on films, dramas and other content from India.


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Written by Raza Rizvi


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