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And What About Indian Movies?

Pakistan says stop demonising it in movies, goes easy on celebrating 1857 and says no objection to the Iran pipeline...

And What About Indian Movies?
And What About Indian Movies?
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Opposing Bollywood movies depicting Indo-Pak wars, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said such films should not be made and people should not patronise them. "If India can make 10 such movies, Lahore and Karachi can produce three to four. If we go back to 1949 and put forth Pakistan's case on Kashmir, it won't help... let civil society play its role... such movies should not be made," Kasuri told a press conference here. Kasuri said the media from both the countries was "fiercely independent" and also critical even in the field of Foreign Relations.

Pakistan also reacted coolly to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's suggestion of celebrating 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising jointly by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

"Well, this is a food for thought. 1857 has a different connotation for Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. We will try to study it," Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali told reporters after the end of the three-day SAARC summit here.

Replying to a question about easing visa regime between the two countries, he said "several factors have to be worked out."

"One has to visualise that Islamabad was cloudy yesterday and it is sunny today. Indeed it is a good omen," Jamali said.

To another question, Jamali said the SAARC nations had already formed a joint task force to tackle the drug menace.

Jamali said Pakistan was not opposed to a pipeline from Iran through it to supply natural gas to India to meet its energy needs.

He said he had "humbly and politely" raised the issue with his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during their meeting two days ago, since it would "help India more than us... we are not opposed to it".

Observing that the pipeline could pass through Pakistan from Iran, he said "now the ball is in the Indian Prime Minister's court... I have agreed to it".

Jamali said Pakistan was self-sufficient with regard to natural gas and that the project would "contribute" to "better prospects" for India.

The proposal for supply of Iranian gas to India was mooted during Vajpayee's visit to Iran three years back and deliberations had been conducted between the two countries on whether it should be supplied through a undersea pipeline or an overground route.

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