Pak to Lift Ban on Indian Films Following Distributors Crisis

January 18, 2017 12:03
Pak to Lift Ban on Indian Films Following Distributors Crisis

After the attack on the Army post in Uri, the Indian government had banned all Pakistan Actors in India. In a tit-for-tat, Pakistan Government banned screening of all Indian movies in Pakistan. But it looks like this ban has really affected the theatre owners financially.

As all the theatre owners were suffering from the financial crisis in Pakistan, Islamabad allowed the movie screening with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announcing a committee to look into demands of local theatre owners.

Distributors are hoping that the ban is lifted before the release of 'Raees', starring Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and Pakistani actor Maira Khan, releases on January 25.

The committee has been formed by Nawaz Sharif headed by Minister of State for Information Maryum Aurangzeb. It includes the Secretary of Commerce, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage and a representative of ISI.

Indian films are on the list of banned items in Pakistan. But the Commerce Ministry, under para-19 of the import policy order, had given no-objection certificates (NOCs) at the behest of the Information Ministry for import of Indian films since 2006.

The Information Ministry, in meeting with the Commerce Ministry, followed an idea to allow the import of two or three Indian films per month through NOCs.

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