Amid growing clamour for a ban on dealings with Pakistan, especially in the fields of art and cinema after the Uri attacks, the Ministry of Home Affairs today said that they were not considering a ban on artists from the neighbouring country, adding that the ministry will not stop issuing work visas to them.
After the terror attack at an Army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, which killed 19 soldiers and provoked massive public anger in India, there has been a strong demand from different corners of the country to ban artists from the neighbouring country as Pakistan apparently has a hand in the terror activities.
Even the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had warned all the Pakistani artists in India to leave the country and also demanded a ban on Bollywood films that feature actors and actresses from the neighbouring nation.
On September 29, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution to temporarily ban all Pakistani artists in India.
Earlier today, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) announced that movies featuring Pakistani actors won't be screened in theatres in the country.
It would be interesting to see how the citizens now react to the government’s seemingly friendly move.