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Pakistani cinemas to screen Indian movies as PM signs ‘open policy to display international movies’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani cinema owners have been given green signal by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to screen Indian movies in the country after a 4-month ban.

According to information department, PM Sharif approved the ‘open policy to display all international movies’ including Indian films in Pakistani cinemas in a meeting on Tuesday.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is also the head of the special committee formed by the premier for the clearance of Indian movies to be screened in Pakistan, presented a report as well as suggestions on the issue.


“In the meeting it was decided that the ban will be lifted following Ministry of Commerce’s new import order,” said the statement.

However, the notification said that importer would have to submit a request to the Information and Broadcasting Division for the import of Indian films.

The release will mark the end of the self-imposed ban on Bollywood films which was imposed by Pakistan Film Exhibitors and Distributors Association in September 2016 after Indian troops’ unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.