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Cine Workers Association demands blanket ban on Pakistani artists in India

The demand comes after Pakistan banned the screening of Indian films on Thursday. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 09, 2019, 07.35 AM (IST)

The  All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) have demanded a blanket ban on Pakistani artists, diplomats working in India. The demand comes after Pakistan banned the screening of Indian films on Thursday.

"In relation to Pakistani government banning Indian movies in Pakistan AICWA urges all the film industries to put a complete stop to any association with Pakistani artists, musician, and diplomats," read the statement released by the AICWA.

The AICWA demanded a strict "say no to Pakistan" policy for trade and bilateral relation.

"Entire film industry and cine workers have refused to resume work till there is a complete ban of Pakistani movie makers, artists, and trade partner," the statement read.

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Tensions escalated between the two countries after India scrapped Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

"AICWA learns that after scrapping Article 370 and 35A Pakistan has become vulnerable in feeding their perpetrators who were directly involved in provoking Kashmiris to create a non-cooperative movement against Indian government and policies," the statement read further.

AICWA president Suresh Gupta praised Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their bold decisions and wish them luck on behalf of the entire film industry and 1.3 billion Indians.