Famous Indian singer Mika Singh’s performance at the wedding of a billionaire's daughter, apparently close to former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharaff in Karachi has caused a furore, amid strained ties between the two countries.
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. After this decision, 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.
When Bollywood gets banned, Pakistanis get singers flown down to sing bollywood songs for them.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) August 9, 2019
Mika Singh performing in Pakistan currently. Alag hi level pic.twitter.com/Qgt9vpz9hA
Opposition leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party Syed Khursheed Shah said the government must find out who gave the security clearance and visas to the Indian singer and his 14-member troupe to visit Pakistan at a time when the country had suspended diplomatic and trade relations with India.
"This is a time when there is a ban on Indian films, dramas, shows, and Pakistan has made its views clear to the Indian government. Even if visas were issued early on they should have been cancelled," Shah said.
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. The Punjabi singer's performance also upset his fans in India, who took to social media to express their displeasure. Have a look at how people reacted on social media:
@RavinarIN Now take this ..... This sootiya @MikaSingh was performing in Karachi on 8th of August . These BHAANDS of #Bollywood give a damn to so called Patriotism.
Would dance even naked if bags of money are thrown at them
pic.twitter.com/fWvctKY7ah— PANKAJ KAUSHAL (@pkaushal_99) August 10, 2019