NEW DELHI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Amid growing tension between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the Indian motion picture producers association (IMPPA) on Friday passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from working on Indian films.
"IMPPA in their 87th annual general meeting passed a resolution that no Pakistani will be hired by their producer members forever," president IMPPA, T P Aggarwal was quoted by local media as having said.
The decision came days after political outfits in India demanded a ban on performances of Pakistani artistes in India and their working in Indian films.
Last week, a Mumbai based political outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors to leave India by Sept. 25 or else they would be "pushed out".
The Indian military on Thursday claimed it entered inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir close to LoC and carried out deadly "surgical strikes".
According to India's Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh during the "surgical strikes" significant casualties were inflicted on infiltrators and their supporters and that Indian side has not suffered any casualty or damage.
Pakistan, however, rejected Indian claims about "surgical strikes" inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. A statement issued by Pakistan military's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said two Pakistani troopers were killed due to unprovoked firing early Thursday from Indian troops across LoC in Bhimber, hotspring, Kel, and Lipa sectors .
LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated because of the ongoing civilian protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir and a deadly attack last week on an Indian army base in frontier Uri town, about 109 km northwest of capital city - Srinagar. The attack killed 18 troopers and wounded over 20 others.
New Delhi blames Islamabad for fanning Kashmir protests and accuses it of sending armed militants into Indian-controlled Kashmir, an accusation Islamabad strongly rejects.