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Pakistani cinemas to resume screening Indian movies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 18/12/2016
Pakistani cinema-goers look at photos displayed at a local cinema in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. A Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association official says local cinema owners have decided to resume screening of Indian movies after a two month self-imposed ban. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) © The Associated Press Pakistani cinema-goers look at photos displayed at a local cinema in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. A Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association official says local cinema owners have decided to resume screening of Indian movies after a two month self-imposed ban. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani cinema owners will resume the screening of Indian movies after a two-month self-imposed ban linked to the Kashmir conflict.

Nadeem Mandliwala, a board member of the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association, said Sunday that the group wanted to "lodge a protest" and felt that the message had been sent. He said the decision to boycott the films came in response to a similar move by the Indian film industry.

Tensions have soared in recent months over Kashmir, a divided Himalayan territory claimed by both nuclear-armed rivals. But despite the decades-old rivalry, Pakistanis flock to Bollywood films, and several Pakistani musicians and artists help make them.

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