Bollywood ban in Pakistan over Kashmir crisis

Posted on Oct 20 2016 - 7:34pm
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Pakistan is banning Bollywood films and all other Indian content from its television and radio as tensions between the two countries worsen over Kashmir.

It follows an announcement by award-winning Indian film director Karan Johan that he will no longer use Pakistani actors in his films.

A major Indian cinema group had earlier said it would not screen films with Pakistani casts. 



The media has become the latest battleground for tit-for-tat retaliations between the two sides.

Pakistani cinemas have already stopped showing Bollywood films, but this latest move goes much further.

Indian film director Karan Johar said he will no longer use Pakistani actors Image Caption: Indian film director Karan Johar has said he will no longer use Pakistani actors

The complete ban for television and radio channels will start at 3pm on Friday, said Muhammad Tahir, spokesman for the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

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It means an end to the current law which allows the screening of a maximum of 86 minutes every day of Indian programmes on channels in Pakistan.

Cable operators and entertainment channels in Pakistan have often ignored the law, showing Indian films and soap operas which are hugely popular in both countries.

The ongoing dispute over the Kashmir region claimed by India and Pakistan has been the catalyst for the media row.



Two wars have been fought over it, and this year has seen an escalation in violence.

A man in a balaclava jumps over burning debris in Srinagar, India, during a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir Image Caption: There have been protests against the killings in Kashmir

A crackdown by Indian security forces on protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir began in July, following the killing of a young Muslim separatist leader.

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In September relations worsened after militants attacked an army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir and killed 18 soldiers.

Delhi blamed Pakistan for the attack, but Islamabad denied any involvement.

In September, the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told Pakistan to abandon its dream of obtaining Kashmir through what it described as terrorist attacks. 

Pakistan immediately responded, describing her speech to the United Nations as a “litany of falsehoods”.

More than 80 people have been killed in the last few months of violence, the worst to hit the region for years.

A file picture showing an Indian army soldier guarding a base at Uri Image Caption: An Indian army soldier guarding a base in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Several rebel groups have been fighting an estimated 500,000 Indian soldiers who are deployed in Kashmir.

The disputed region has a Muslim majority, and the rebels are demanding independence or its merger with Pakistan.

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