Pakistan bans all cultural exchanges with India, consults China on India's move

Pakistan bans all cultural exchanges with India, consults China on India's move
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photo: IANS

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has left for China to hold consultations with the Chinese leadership over India's decision to revoke Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the media reported on Friday.

"India is intent on disrupting the regional peace with its unconstitutional measures," The News International quoted Qureshi as saying before flying to Beijing on Friday morning. 

"China is not only a friend to Pakistan but also an important country of the region."

The Foreign Minister said he will take the Chinese leadership in confidence over the situation.

Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and other high officials of the Foreign Minister are accompanying Qureshi on the visit.

The Indian government on Monday scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and converted the state into a Union Territory with a legislature. 

It also split the state by hiving off Ladakh region and making it into a Union Territory without a legislature.

Pakistan bans all cultural exchanges with India

The Pakistan government has launched a national slogan "Say No to India" and decided to ban all cultural exchanges with New Delhi including all kinds of joint ventures in the entertainment industry of the two countries, the media reported on Friday.

The slogan was launched by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday, Dawn News reported. 

"All kinds of Indian content have been stopped and Pemra (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) has been directed to step up its vigilance in this regard along with actions against the sale of Indian DTH instruments," Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Thursday evening.

Talking to media persons at a reception hosted by her, she said the move was in the wake of the Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Special Assistant added the media that the National Security Council had decided to establish a group to check on any kind of Indian content.

"The external communications will be dealt with by the ministry of information, Foreign Office and the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) as per nature of information," Awan said.

The government on Thursday announced that it has also banned the screening of Indian films in the country's cinemas, reports Dawn news.

"No Indian film will be screened in any Pakistani cinema. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan," Awan had said in a tweet earlier in the day.

This is not the first time that a ban on Indian content has been imposed.

Earlier in February, the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association had boycotted Indian films and announced that no Indian movie would be released in the country as retaliation to Indian fighter jets bombing a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror launch-pad in Balakot area in Khyber-Pakhtunhkwa province

Pemra was also instructed by the government to act against advertisements that were made in India.

(With inputs from IANS)