Mika Singh's performance at Karachi wedding amidst strained India-Pakistan ties sparks outrage
Karachi | The performance by famous Indian singer Mika Singh and his troupe at a wedding of a billionaire's daughter apparently close to former president General Pervez Musharaff has caused a furore, amid strained ties between Pakistan and India.
Pakistan also downgraded its diplomatic ties and snapped trade relations besides suspending the Samjhauta Express services between the two countries.
Mika reportedly performed on 8 August, Thursday, at the ceremony and his presence in the city came to light when some guests uploaded videos of his performance on social media.
Opposition leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Syed Khursheed Shah said the government must find out who gave 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 Daily Jang newspaper reported that Mika arrived in Karachi with his troupe to perform at the wedding ceremony of an influential billionaire's daughter who is said to be close to former president General Pervez Musharraf.
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 top-level 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 back home, who took to social media to express their displeasure.
When Bollywood gets banned, Pakistanis get singers flown down to sing bollywood songs for them.
Mika Singh performing in Pakistan currently. Alag hi level pic.twitter.com/Qgt9vpz9hA
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) August 9, 2019
Cancel his pass port and cituzenship. Let him stay in pakistan. Mika Singh performs at Pervez Musharraf’s relative’s event in Pakistan, leaves fans outraged https://t.co/HqyeM0dbqa
— Vinod Kala (@vinkumarkala51) August 11, 2019
@MikaSingh and his 14 people crew is going to perform at the wedding of Pervez Musharraf's cousin's children. Guess he holds money and 'professional ethics' above India and the Kargil martyrs. @may_singh1 @republic @majorgauravarya
— Bhagwa Radha (@SakalSach) August 11, 2019
Updated Date: Aug 11, 2019 17:21:55 IST