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Pakistan restricts screening of Indian movies

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 08, 2019, 02.55 PM (IST) Edited By: Puniti Pandey

Pakistan on Thursday restricted the screening of any Indian movie in the country's cinema.

"No Indian movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas," Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting said.

A day before, Pakistan had announced that it will be downgrading diplomatic ties with India. In a follow-up move, the Imran Khan government also expelled Indian envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria and said that the new Pakistan High Commissioner to India Moin-ul-Haq will not be sent to Delhi.

The Ministry of External Affairs in India responded to this saying that Pakistan's intention was to present an "alarming picture to the world of bilateral ties".

Pakistan's move came in the wake of the Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

In a related development, Islamabad also partially closed its airspace with India on the eastern front. At least three entry points out of the nine between India and Pakistan on the eastern were closed, according to reports.

The airspace will be closed from August 6 to September 5 between 02:45 to 11:00(Pakistan Standard Time) every day except Sundays. 

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'No Indian movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas,' Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting said