Somewhere in Jammu & Kashmir....

Union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah said cinemas and liquor shops should be reopened in Kashmir in order to boost tourism. “When we can have televisions at homes and can watch pirated films what is wrong with cinemas then? Even Pakistan, where there is so much fervor about Islam, has cinemas,” Abdullah said. The minister was addressing a function to celebrate the birth anniversary of his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. “In Kashmir, we don’t have cinemas. Where will the tourists go at night?” Abdullah asked. He also asked the media to tone down coverage of protests as it had a negative impact on the tourism industry. He said one of the biggest challenge before the state was to improve its creaky infrastructure.

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