Pakistan's isolation has to be in totality, including cultural: BJP

| Updated: Oct 02, 2016 14:06 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Oct. 2 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Sunday that Communist Party of India Marxist CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury needs to realize that isolation needs to take place in totality, including political, economical, diplomatic and cultural. This comment comes a day after Yechury said that art and sports should be kept outside political conflicts in reference to the banning of Pakistan artistes in India. "I would like to tell Sitaram Yechury ji that when you are trying to declare to declare Pakistan a terror state and isolate a country, the isolation has to happen in totality. It has to be political, economical, diplomatic and cultural. You can't have exceptions to this rule," BJP spokesperson Shaina NC told ANI. Yechury said yesterday that art and sports should be kept outside politics and that action should be taken against an artist or sportsman only if there is "specific information" suggesting that they are trying to do something against the country. His statement came after the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association has banned Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from working on Indian films. Presently, tensions between the two neighbour countries have escalated after terrorists attacked an Indian army base camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir last month that killed 19 Indian soldiers. Following the attack, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) claiming to destroy seven terror launch pads. Pakistan however, denied the claims of 'surgical strikes' and said there was only cross border firing between the two forces. (ANI)