In an entertainment starved Kashmir, things are likely to go in favour of the youth as the valley of unease is fast bracing for re-opening of cinemas after almost three decades. Now that Saudi Arabia has announced lifting of ban on cinemas, the move may gain speed and the Jammu & Kashmir government, it seems the state is all set to re-open all the defunct cinemas. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said introspection and self-reform are marks of a progressive society.
However, all cinema halls remained shut in the Kashmir valley since the eruption of militancy in early 90s though efforts were made to reopen some of the entertainment halls in Srinagar. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Chief Minister said, “I welcome the decision by Saudi Arabia to lift a decade-long ban on cinemas as part of a series of social reforms by the crown prince”.
The state doesn't have any movie halls at present. All cinema halls, wine shops and beauty salons were closed in the Kashmir valley following militant threat in early 90s. Allah Tigers, now a defunct terror outfit, had banned cinema halls as well as sale and consumption of liquor in 1989.
"Time to reopen cinemas in Kashmir too. It's an apolitical issue and shouldn't be delayed anymore. Have to give our people the semblance of a normal, social life along with peace and stability. Reopening cinemas doesn't negate the conflict or the need to resolve it," tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu, state spokesman of Opposition National Conference.
The Heaven of India has become valley of unease, this little initiative shall bring a spark in dullness. The government is ready to take the move following Saudi’s footsteps.Read More