Just few days after Pakistan banned every sort of Indian content on national TV channels and cinemas across the country, renowned Bollywood singer Amrik Singh (popularly known as Mika Singh) was invited to perform at a wedding in Karachi.
As per the available details, Mika Singh was hired by a wealthy cousin of former President General Pervez Musharraf (retd.) to perform at his daughter’s wedding.
A source also states that Mika was invited following the demand of the groom. And that his demand was fulfilled without any long delays.
Mika Singh Granted Pakistani Visa for Performance
According to a local media outlet, Mika Singh was granted a 30 days visa by the Pakistani High Commission in India for three cities – Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Moreover, the famous celebrity was also paid a whopping amount of PKR 24,043,500, with first class tickets for him and his 14-member crew.
Despite the visit being kept under wraps, videos of his performance got leaked on the internet.
Social Media Is Outraged
That escalated quickly and received severe backlash across the social networking sites.
Here’s one such video:
Happy that Indian singer Mika Singh performed at the mehndi of Gen Musharraf's relative recently in Karachi. God for bid if it was Nawaz Sharif's relative it would be raining ghadari k hashtag already. pic.twitter.com/IVfE5hETiz
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) August 10, 2019
The netizens expressed their anger at the government for adopting dual standards. They argued that despite making tall claims of cutting cultural ties with India, why did they grant visa to an Indian celebrity and his crew.
Furthermore, Twitterati also expressed their solidarity with Kashmir and slammed government for its decision.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
SHAME on such wealth. SHAME on such affluence.
And shame on everyone who gave clearance for such an event.
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) August 10, 2019
When Pakistan is claiming to break diplomatic 'n' cultural tie with India and stop Bollywood Movies In Pakistan, it couldn’t resist Mika Singh’s performance at Adnan Assad’s daughter’s Mehndi function in Karachi. Adnan Asad is Musharraf's cousin. pic.twitter.com/XVZYnnRwvH
— Jammu-Kashmir Now (@JammuKashmirNow) August 10, 2019
The government fools the people, announcing ban on bollywood films, secretively allowing bollywood singers visa and protocol to perform in Pakistan. Mika Singh performed at Musharaf's cousin's daughter's wedding. These liers will do nothing for Kashmir. #KhilafahLiberatesKashmir pic.twitter.com/JMJZ4ddPJG
— Syeda Samrah (@syeda_samrah) August 11, 2019
While I was protesting for our Kashmiri Brethren yesterday in the scorching heat in #Houston Texas in front of the #indianConsulate @MikaSingh was Performing in Karachi #Pakistan .#Reality #Fact #Shame pic.twitter.com/hD7tufrvtV
— Irum Azeem Farooque (@Irumf) August 10, 2019
Dance dance shoot shoot:When parliament of Pakistan was expressing solidarity with Kashmiris on August 8th & Indians were shooting Kashmiris some Pakistanis were enjoying live performance of Bollywood stars in Karachi I am sure no Pakistani singer can perform in India these days pic.twitter.com/y2UlcN8eLI
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 10, 2019
Mika Singh performed in Karachi amidst all the brutality happening in Kashmir. Recently our government announced that we won’t be having any sort of relationship with the Indians, be it diplomatic or cultural but contrarily Indian artists are performing in our country. #Kashmir
— Rabeia Aamir (@_Rabeia_) August 10, 2019
It can be expected from the Indian government to be oppressive as they always have been. But why did your government grant 30 day visa to Mika Singh and his 14 member crew to perform at Musharraf's cousin's daughter's wedding while announcing ban on bollywood film. #Kashmir
— Syeda Samrah (@syeda_samrah) August 11, 2019
Visa issued on July 29,19 to Ind singer Mika Singh & 14 others valid fr 30 days, He met some top PTI officials in Pak_ then performed in Karachi on8 August. The event happened on the day when Parliament was discussing Indian atrocities
in Kashmir.#کشمیر_سے_غداری_نامنظور pic.twitter.com/zWTzMokUke
— Faisal (@FaisalViewss) August 11, 2019
A person who arranged Mika Singh on $150,000/- for his daughter marriage on 8th August19 when India played historical bloodshed in Kashmir, is first cousin of Pervaiz Musharraf who had contract of NATO supplies as well as many contravential roles mentioned in above article
— Ishaq Sumble (@ISumble) August 11, 2019
Kashmir fall is bigger than fall of Dhaka by India but Indian singer Mika Singh was allowed to play at Musharraf's cousin Adnan Asad’s daughter’s mehndi function.That day 52 Kashmiris were killed by India. #nayapakistannamanzoor https://t.co/yeUJqS05KO pic.twitter.com/YqQCKkSPJP
— DR MAHREEN BHUTTO (@DRMAHREENBHUTTO) August 10, 2019
How the hell @MikaSingh was allowed to perform in Karachi? N how the hell these people can enjoy the show. 52 people were killed in kashmir the same day!!
— Vanilla Twilight (@FatimaKhalid22) August 10, 2019
— Sadiajaved (@Sadiajavedppp) August 9, 2019
So mika singh performed in wedding of general musharraf's cousin just the day after article 370 was revoked in kashmir and whole pakistan and kashmir was mourning… #Article370 #KashmirWantsFreedom @ImranKhanPTI @Asad_Umar @fawadchaudhry @peaceforchange ..
— Sim… (@Silent_deserts) August 10, 2019
How can mika Singh come to karachi and perform live concert shame on them who goes and listen to him
This is the way we stand with kashmir #KashmirWantsFreedom
— Y A S I R (@Yasirhere) August 10, 2019
The Other Side of the Story
According to available reports, Mika Singh and his crew were granted visas on 29th July 2019, a week before India’s decision of scrapping Article 370. The move strips Kashmir of its special status as a disputed territory among other things. It was a move that no one could have seen coming.
However, Pakistan already had a Bollywood ban in place ever since the Balakot airstrikes happened. The government just went one step further this time by cutting all manner of cultural ties with its eastern neighbor.
We believe that art should have no borders. However, exceptions should be made when issues like genocide and war crimes come into the mix. The Kashmiris have faced unimaginable repression under the Indian Army for quite some time, and now their land is also under threat from outside buyers.
This being an extraordinary situation, perhaps the wise thing could have been to scrap Mika’s visit altogether? Perhaps the private citizens who invited Mika and co. to perform, could have appealed to their conscience and forbid him from performing at the last minute?
Mika Singh Slapped With a Ban in Home Country
It seems that Mika is now facing issues in India as well. The All India Cine Workers Association has banned him and forbid the Indian film industry for working with him.
According to the statement released by the AICWA,
If anyone in India wants to work with Mika Singh, he/she will have to face the legal consequences. According to AICWA, Mika Singh has put money before the nation at a time when both countries are facing the worst tension. AICWA has boycotted Mika Singh’s association with all film production houses, music companies, and online music content providers.