The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) has put a ban on Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from working in India till normalcy returns.
According to Indian news agency ANI, the resolution was passed during the annual general meeting of the association this evening.
President of IMPPA, TP Aggarwal“We’ve passed this decision in the AGM today on the demand of all the producers. Henceforth, till the situation is ok between the Pakistani and Indian governments, we will not hire any Pakistani artist, technician or singer. […] We will maintain this till the relations between Pakistan and India are ok. The AGM at IMPPA House in Mumbai was attended by more than 200 film producers,” said
The association’s resolution comes in the wake of the 48-hour deadline to leave India given by nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which threatened consequences if Fawad and other Pakistani artistes in India did not comply.
Upcoming concerts of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam have been cancelled.
“If there’s any ongoing project from which [Pakistani artistes] cannot be removed now, on which everything has been done, they can come for that,” Aggarwal also said.
IMPPA, however, is insistent that no further talent from Pakistan is hired until normalcy returns.
Vice President of IMPPA Ashoke Pandit said “IMPPA in its AGM paid homage to the martyrs who were killed in Uri. It therefore felt its responsibility towards the nation and passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors & technicians in India till normalcy returns. For IMPPA nation comes first, ” .