In yet another move against ties with India, Pakistan government has launched a crackdown on the sale of CDs of Indian movies. All these development comes afte after New Delhi revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 370, as Pakistan called it 'illegal' and New Delhi maintains that it is an 'internal issue.'
Responding on the move, Gorakhpur BJP MP Ravi Kishan said: "I was from Day 1 was not in favour that Pakistani artist should perform here. Its fine, its there call, it won't effect us. Everything is black and white now, no grey therein. We have to focus on Kashmir's growth now, we are focussed on Kashmir's welfare, education to the youth of Kashmir. We don't want any connection with them when they are sending terrorists. Their food was Indian films. The population of Pakistan loves Indian movies. Now I don't know what they will do. Imran Khan has totally gone crazy now. He doesn't know what to do."
Earlier, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists and India-made products. "We have banned Indian advertisements and launched a crackdown on CD shops to confiscate Indian movies," Dawn newspaper quoted Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information, as saying. She said the Interior Ministry had already started a crackdown on Indian movies in the federal capital and it would be expanded to other parts of the country soon in collaboration with the provincial governments. "Today the interior ministry raided some compact disc shops in Islamabad and confiscated Indian movies."
Pemra on Wednesday circulated a letter dated Aug 14 on Wednesday announcing the ban. Pemra said that it already withdrew the permission for airing Indian channels and content on the directions of the Pakistan Supreme Court in October last year.
"However, it has been observed that advertisements of various products of multinationals which are either produced in India or carrying Indian characters/talent [are] being aired on electronic media," according to the Pemra letter. It said that currently ads of products like Dettol soap, Surf Excel powder, Pantene shampoo, Head & Shoulders shampoo, Lifebuoy shampoo, Fogg body spray, Sunsilk shampoo, Knorr noodles, Fair & Lovely face wash, and Safeguard soap were being banned.