No Plan To Stop People-To-People Contact, says Government


NEW DELHI: With different film bodies forcing a prohibition on Pakistan on-screen characters after the Uri assault, government on Tuesday said individuals to-individuals contact would proceed and there was no arrangement to stop it.

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This was passed on by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs amid discourses on Indo-Pak relations with a particular reference to surgical strikes over the Line of Control on September 29.

“People-to-people contact would continue and there was no plan to stop it,” he told the panel.

In the aftermath of the Uri terror attack last month in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, the MNS issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artistes to leave India. They also threatened to stop the screening of films featuring artistes from Pakistan.

Subsequently, Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association passed a motion to ban the artistes from the neighbouring country.

The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India recently decided not to screen the films with Pakistani actors in four states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.

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