India hiding casualties: Pak Army

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army Saturday said that it was “sure” that Indian troops had suffered casualties  what India described as “surgical strike on terror launch pads in PoK”, alleging that India was “hiding” its losses. Pakistan has denied India carried any such strikes describing the ‘operation’ as routine border skirmishes.

The Pakistan Army is certain it caused casualties on the Indian side of the border in response to the cross-border firing by Indian troops which killed two Pakistani soldiers, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said.

The ISPR chief said the military responded "befittingly" to Indian firing across the Line of Control (LoC).

He said however, that a "war is not in anybody's interest".

"We have defended our homeland and we are committed to do so in the future."

Referring to reports of an Indian soldier having entered into Pakistani territory "inadvertently", Bajwa said the military is "looking into the matter".

While the Indian side maintained its soldier "inadvertently crossed into Pakistan and should be returned as per existing mechanisms", Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has said he was captured "while trying to enter into Pakistani territory".



Pak Bans Broadcast Of All Indian TV Channels

NEW DELHI: Two days after India's movie industry body banned Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India, Islamabad on Saturday banned the broadcast of all Indian television channels in Pakistan, ANI reported.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said strict action would be taken if TV channels and distribution networks failed to implement the ban after October 15.

It said it has been receiving complaints that several local private channels were showing Indian talk shows, reality programmes and dramas without permission.

"The complaints have shown serious concerns on this issue (illegal Indian contents) in the wake of current situation between India and Pakistan," PEMRA said, according to PTI.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) on Thursday passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors and technicians from working in India until relations between the two countries returned to normal.

In retaliation, Pakistani cinemas have already stopped screening Indian films in "solidarity" with the country's armed forces. Nadeem Mandviwalla, whose Mandviwalla Entertainment runs eight cinemas in Karachi and in the capital, Islamabad, told Reuters on Friday that the ban in Pakistan was in response to the IMPPA ban.

"We have stopped screening Indian movies at our cinemas from Friday till the situation improves and normalcy returns," said Mandviwalla.

Last week, the Maratha chauvinist Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asked actors and artistes from Pakistan, including Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, to leave India. It issued a 48-hour deadline, after which it said the party would "push them out".

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