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Amid ongoing Debate on Banning Pakistani Artists, Filmmaker Karan Johar finally breaks his silence on his movie “Aye Dil Hai Mushkil”

In his series of tweets, Anurag Kashyap targeted Prime Minister Modi and asked him that why didn't he apologise for his previous tour to Pakistan

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October 19, 2016: Filmmaker Karan Johar is not having a great time after his upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring the Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan was banned in four states in India. This happened after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which led to the death of 19 Indian soldiers and because of which all Pakistani actors have been banned from Bollywood.

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Karan Johar has finally raised his voice and spoke on this issue. In a video released by Johar, he made a statement that seeing the circumstances and relations of the two nations he would restraint from engaging with talent from Pakistan in future. The video came as a result of the continuous pressure from Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which has been threatening to ban the film, mentioned HT report.

Aye Dil Hain Mushkil Poster, Wikimedia
Aye Dil Hain Mushkil Poster, Wikimedia

The film has been scheduled to release on October 28, 2016.

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A body of cinema owners, The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association- opposed ADHM and refused to screen movies with Pakistani actors. The ban has been applied to single-screen cinemas in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka. According to analysis, the film will face a loss of Rs. 5 to 6 crore because of the ban.

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After this Karan Johar also claims that he has remained silent till now “because of the deep sense of hurt that few people could actually believe that I was being anti-national,” quoted HT.

He said, “For me, my country comes first… When I shot Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from September to December last year, the climate was completely different. There were efforts made by our government for peaceful relationships with the neighbouring country… Going forward, I would like to say that of course, I wouldn’t engage with talent from the neighbouring country given the circumstance.”

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Adding further he said, over 300 Indian people in my crew have put their blood, sweat and tears into my film. I don’t think it is fair for them to face turbulence on account of other fellow Indians. I respect the Army … I condemn any form of terrorism.”

Apart from this, supporting Karan Johar, director Anurag Kashyap said, “I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! ” He added elected representatives had a responsibility to protect people, reported HT. “We elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies – the media or political parties.”

In his series of tweets, he also targeted Prime Minister Modi and asked him that why didn’t he apologise for his previous tour to Pakistan.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

 

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ISIS Announces New India and Pakistan Provinces

The "Islamic State Pakistan Province," in communiques issued via its global propaganda mouthpiece Amaq News Agency, took credit for killing a Pakistani police officer

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ISIS, New India, Pakistan, Provinces
FILE- An Islamic State flag is captured in this photo illustration. VOA

The Islamic State group says it has established a “province” in Pakistan, days after the terrorist organization used the name “Hind Province” for an attack it claimed in the India-ruled portion of the disputed Kashmir region.

Both of the divisions formerly fell under the “Khorasan Province” or ISKP — the name the Middle East-based terrorist group uses for its regional operations launched in early 2015 from bases in the border region of Afghanistan — according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist threats.

The “Islamic State Pakistan Province,” in communiques issued via its global propaganda mouthpiece Amaq News Agency, took credit for killing a Pakistani police officer this week in Mastung, and it reported shooting at a gathering of militants linked to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban militant group in Quetta.

Both the districts are located in violence-hit Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran. Several separatist Baluch groups and sectarian organizations also are active in the province.

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FILE – Rescue workers and army soldiers gather at the site of a blast at a vegetable market in Quetta, Pakistan, April 12, 2019. VOA

There was no immediate reaction available from the Pakistani government.

Islamabad maintains there is no “organized” presence of IS in the country. Pakistani military officials say an ongoing nationwide military-led “intelligence-based operation” is primarily aimed at denying space in Pakistan to extremists linked to any terrorist groups.

The group released no details about the boundaries of the territory it is now claiming. In previous Islamic State propaganda, all of Afghanistan and most of Pakistan, parts of modern Iran and Central Asia make up the so-called Khorasan Province. IS also has spoken about creating its own chapter for the Indian subcontinent.

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IS also took responsibility for last month’s suicide blast in a marketplace in Quetta city that killed 20 people and left nearly 50 injured. The targets of the attack were members of the ethnic Hazara Shiite Muslim community.

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On Friday, IS declared in a statement via Amaq the creation of “Hind Province,” while taking responsibility for clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora in the Shopian district of Kashmir.

IS has increased attacks lately in the region, including taking credit for the group’s Easter Sunday first-ever bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people.

Observers say altering its provincial structure and fragmenting the “Khorasan Province” by IS could be aimed at bolstering its credentials after losing its “caliphate” in Syria and Iran, where the terrorists at one point used to control thousands of miles of territory.

“As ISIS [one of several acronyms used for IS] seeks to build and restructure foundations of insurgencies across the globe after its losses in Iraq and Syria, it is attempting to recruit also from Pakistan, a country with an existing jihadi militant population,” tweeted Rita Katz, the director of the SITE Intelligence Group.

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the terrorist organization used the name “Hind Province” for an attack it claimed in the India-ruled portion of the disputed Kashmir region. Wikimedia Commons

The suspected rebranding of ISKP comes as the United Nations earlier this week designated the “Khorasan Province” as a global terrorist, noting the group was formed in January 2015 by former members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who pledged allegiance to Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS/ISIL.

The United States has already blacklisted ISKP as a foreign terrorist organization, and American troops are conducting regular airstrikes against the group’s bases in Afghanistan with the help of local forces, killing thousands of militants.

Analysts say American counterterrorism airstrikes and clashes with the Afghan Taliban have prevented ISKP from expanding its regional influence and the rebranding strategy could have stemmed from those challenges.

“Khorasan chapter has been struggling to establish a footprint in Afghanistan and the region in general, and they may be following al-Qaida’s strategy to create regional affiliates,” says Muhammad Amir Rana, who heads Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace and Studies (PIPS). (VOA)