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    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Pakistani government intends to totally ban all entertaining content coming to the country from India in the wake of heightened tensions over New Delhi's recent move to revoke the special status of its Jammu and Kashmir state, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said.

    "All kinds of Indian content have been stopped and Pemra [Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority] has been directed to step up its vigilance in this regard along with actions against the sale of Indian DTH [Direct-to-Home] instruments", Awan said, as quoted by Dawn news agency.

    The special assistant added that Pakistan would set up a group that would responsible for combating Indian ideology from all fronts, describing it as "hard-line, terrorist, fanatic and anti-Muslim".

    Earlier this week, the Indian government announced its decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, which had granted the state a certain degree of autonomy for several decades, and split it into two union territories.

    This move prompted clashes on the Indian-Pakistani line of control and forced Islamabad to downgrade its diplomatic relations and suspend trade with its neighbor.

    Tensions spiked earlier this year when the Indian military conducted airstrikes in the region in response to an attack, which, according to New Delhi, was orchestrated by a terrorist group based on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.

    Indian soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, India, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
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    Indian soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, India, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Tensions have soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as India has deployed more troops and ordered thousands of visitors out of the region

    India and Pakistan have contended for the Kashmir region, the southern part of which lies in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, since the end of British rule in 1947. Despite a ceasefire being reached in 2003 following several armed conflicts, instability has continued, leading to the emergence of various extremist groups.


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