Pakistan lifts ban on Indian movies

Islamabad: Pakistan has 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.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced the government would uphold a 2007 decision to lift a ban on importing Indian film content, adding in a statement 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 that his distribution company has applied for a so-called non-objection certificate, required for all films screened in Pakistan, for the latest film Kaabil, adding that he hopes it would be cleared on Monday.
A fatal 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 the ban, Pakistan’s Film Exhibitors Association had announced it would resume screenings Indian movies.
“Cinemas in Pakistan will go bankrupt if they don’t screen Indian stuff,” Aamir Haider, a member of the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association, said in December.

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