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Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar believes that restricting art in the name of harmful impact on indigenous culture is wrong and such practices should not happen, neither in Pakistan nor in India.

During a media interaction, Akhtar addressed the recent ruling by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar who stated that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it “damages our culture.” Javed Akhtar, on the other hand, doesn’t agree with this. “This is all wrong, there shouldn’t be any such talks coming from here (India), neither from there (Pakistan), as well. There are so many good serials which come from there (Pakistan) and they should be able to telecast here but they don’t, and our good programmes should be able to telecast there, and why should not they telecast over there and which culture is getting damaged? Neither their’s, nor our culture could get damaged,” the veteran writer said.

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Akhtar further said that the path of art should not be restricted, especially when it comes to artistes and their creative offerings.

“These are just talks and people keep on jabbering about something or the other; someone does not want Ghulam Ali to come to India, and people from Pakistan keep on saying something else, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle haven’t been able to go to Pakistan,” he said.

“In India people don’t want Pakistani artistes, this is all wrong. As far as art and culture is concerned, whether people from Pakistan or from India, every avenue and path should be open for it,” he added.