Pakistan: Panel to take call on screening of Indian movies

Meanwhile, the commerce minister in an official statement said that the government has decided to maintain the present policy regarding the import of Indian films after reviewing the benefits Pakistani cinema trade can derive from their exhibition. Photograph:( Getty )

Islamabad, Pakistan Jan 29, 2017, 06.49 AM (IST)

A special committee will begin the process of issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) to allow screening of Indian movies in Pakistan, minister of state for information Marriyum Aurangzeb said.

The clearance to foreign content will be given pertaining to commerce ministry's new import order. The committee was formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"Importing the foreign content will be planned and the content will be shared with the censor board and passed through other procedure," the Dawn quoted Marriyum as saying.

Marriyum said that the process is expected to take some time. The certificates cannot be issued without the consent and endorsement of the commerce ministry, she added.

Meanwhile, the commerce minister in an official statement said that the government has decided to maintain the present policy regarding the import of Indian films after reviewing the benefits Pakistani cinema trade can derive from their exhibition, ANI reported.

"The close examination of historical and empirical data including the trends of the industry since 1965 till date, it is evident that, the inclusion of all foreign content, including Indian film content in local cinemas, has a multiplier impact on the commerce and development of the Pakistani film trade and industry as a whole," she said, adding the panel also reviewed investment plans of the local film industry.

Film Exhibitors Association of Pakistan imposed the ban on screenings last October after tensions escalated between the two countries following ceasefire violations across the Line of Control.

(With inputs from ANI)