Federal Minister for information and Broadcasting for the Government of Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry, has said that the country’s Cinema Exhibitors Association has decided to boycott Indian movies, following India’s violation of Line of Control (LoC) in a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday.
The minister took to Twitter and made an announcement:
Cinema Exhibitors Association has boycotted Indian content, no Indian Movie ll be released in Pakistan. Also have instructed PEMRA to act against Made in India Advertisements. #PakistanTayarHai https://t.co/9BPo6LIsVB
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 26, 2019
Fawad Chaudhry has also instructed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to crack down on advertisements that are made in India.
The decision came after Indian military jets violated Pakistan’s airspace. Despite Pakistan’s incessant denial of involvement in the Pulwama attack, Indian Air Force violated LoC and dropped payload at Balakot as they scrambled back after Pakistan Air Force’s timely response.
The cowardly act by India has further escalated tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Earlier New Delhi producer’s guild has demanded that the Indian films should stop screening in Pakistan. Indian Cinema Association has also imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the India film industry.