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Pakistan decries ban on its artistes in India

Earlier this month, politician Babul Supriyo had asked for a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry.

Published: 28th February 2018 06:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2018 06:53 PM   |  A+A-

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal. (Twitter Photo)

By IANS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday criticised India for "anti-Pakistan prejudice" as the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) upheld its ban on Pakistani performing artistes.

"It is unfortunate that art and cinema, which bring people together by acting as cultural bridges, are being held hostage to hate and xenophobia," Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said.

"Unfortunately this decision, following several others, including non-issuance of visas to Pakistani pilgrims, refusal to allow participation of Sikhs and Katas Raj pilgrims, and cancellation of sports matches, underscores the growing intolerance and bias prevalent in India," Faisal said.

These decisions taken and/or upheld by the Indian government "expose it of (becoming) a sham-ocracy", the spokesperson said.



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