After the Narendra Modi-led NDA government announced the scrapping of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has announced a ban on Indian movies in cinemas in the country. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, told Pakistani media on Thursday, a report on GeoTV said.
Awan spoke to the media outside the Pakistan Parliament. She said that a policy was being drawn to ban all Indian cultural content in the country. Pakistan’s decision comes in the wake of revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India, as retaliation to the Indian government lifting Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced in televised comments last night, “We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their.” A government statement from the neighbouring country also declared that they were suspending trade in between the two countries.
The downgrading of diplomatic and cultural ties with India was announced after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with his National Security Committee in Islamabad on Wednesday.
A press statement released after the meeting announced that Pakistan will:
– Downgrade diplomatic relations with India.
– Suspend bilateral trade with India.
– Review bilateral arrangements.
– Take the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council.
– Announced that the Pakistani Independence Day (August 14) will be “observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination”. It also announced that August 15 will be observed as Black Day.
In addition to this, Pakistan has now announced a ban on all Indian movies in the country.
The Indian government on Monday announced the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, ending the special status that the state enjoyed. India has always maintained that all of Jammu and Kashmir is part of the country, which includes Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.