Surgical Strike 2.0: AICWA writes to Narendra Modi demanding a ban on visas to Pakistani actors
Almost two weeks after the Pulwama terror attacks, on February 26, India woke up to the news of Indian Air Force conducting a major surgical strike. The mission was carried at around 3:30 am, wherein the IAF killed almost 200-400 terrorists, which were placed at the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps along the LoC of India-Pakistan border. This brave move bought a lot of accolades and praises for the IAF. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go well with the officials from across the border. Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that the Cinema Exhibitors Association has decided to boycott the Indian content and that no Indian film will release in Pakistan.
As a counter response to the same, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has penned a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. In their letter, the association has demanded a complete shut down on issuing Visa to all the Pakistani actors, film association and media fraternity. Expressing their support with India and its government, the association wrote, “We have to ensure that Government of India takes concrete actions and ensure that strict restrictions are imposed on such terrorist funding nations like Pakistan, the entire nation of 1.3 billion is with you in fighting with these terror sponsor perpetrators of Pakistan.”
They added, "Entire film fraternity is proud of Indian Air Force, Government of India for displaying such a courageous and responsible retaliation in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and we hope that Government of India continues to do so. We hope that you will soon order the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to regulate this request made by 1.3 billion people of India. Nation first is New India.”
It was after the devastating Pulwama attacks when the AICWA had announced a total ban on all the Pakistani artists working in the Bollywood film industry.