Bollywood resumes in Pakistan, Freaky Ali being screened on Monday

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Pakistani entertainment industry lifting ban on Bollywood has coincided with the top Russian diplomat asking India and Pakistan to resolve all their differences, including the Kashmir issue, through peaceful means. Pakistani cinema’s will resume screening Bollywood movies from Monday, Pakistan media reported.

Pakistani cinemas had announced on September 30 announced an indefinite suspension of screening of all Indian movies in retaliation to the ban of Pakistani artists in India. The ban was a quick response by India’s entertainers to an attack on an Army base in Uri where more than 20 soldiers were killed.

“We lifted the suspension as a cinema guild. We took this decision to support them (Indian cinemas) and expect them to support us,” a cinema owner was quoted by the Dawn saying. The first movie to be screened will be actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Freaky Ali. Screening Indian movies in Pakistan was banned in 1965 and continued for 43 years till 2008.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Radio reported Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov saying that his country wants Pakistan and India to resolve all differences, including the Kashmir issue, through peaceful means. He said Mascow and Islamabad were closely cooperating in efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan.

Dedov has said that Russia strongly supports the project as it is crucial for Pakistan’s economy and regional connectivity. “He pointed out that CPEC is component of China’s Silk Road and his country was also working on a similar Eurasian Economic Union and China and Russia are holding discussions to merge the two projects,” a Pakistani newspaper reported.

Russia and Pakistan are apparently rebuilding their ties after decades of mistrust during the Cold War and have recently given gestures in deepening ties.

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