A performance by famous singer Mika Singh and his troupe at the wedding of a billionaire's daughter, apparently close to former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharaff, has caused a furore, amid strained ties between the two countries. His videos and pictures from the ‘Mika Singh Night’ have gone viral on the internet due to which the singer has been facing outrage and angst by his fans in India who have even suggested that he should not come back.
One of the Twitter users wrote, "Shame on you traitor." "Mika Singh Paaji we Indians gave you so much love... And in a situation like that when Pak banned all trade ties with us, sending terrorists across the border, our tensions are very high right now. Why did you go to Pakistan for a show? Few bucks are bigger than India? " another user tweeted.
Following this, the All India Cine Workers Association has also issued an official statement banning singer Mika Singh for his performance in Karachi. The organization has stated that since Mika Singh did not care much about the country’s pride and went on to perform in Karachi, he will be banned and boycotted. The statement further stated that if anyone in India works with Mika Singh, they will face legal consequences in the court of law.
All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA): AICWA workers will make sure that no one in India works with Mika Singh & if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law. AICWA requests Information & Broadcasting Ministry to intervene & act legally on the singer https://t.co/SOBp26HrXx— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2019
On 5 August, 2019, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution and decided to bifurcate the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, a move which drew a sharp reaction from Pakistan. Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties and snapped trade relations with India, besides suspending the Samjhauta Express services between the two countries.
According to a report in Daily Jang newspaper, Mika, 42, arrived in Karachi with his troupe to perform at the wedding ceremony of the influential billionaire's daughter who is said to be close to Musharraf. Mika reportedly performed on August 8 at the ceremony and his presence in the city came to light when some guests uploaded videos of his performance on social media.
The newspaper reported that apparently the groom was a big fan of Mika and wanted to see a live performance and to grant his wish the in-laws used their connections to procure high-level security clearance and visas for the Indian band. Mika apparently charged USD 150,000 for his performance.
(With inputs from PTI)