For some artists money remains the ultimate deciding factor in life, with no concern for ethics, morality or humanity. At a time when Pakistan is busy strategizing how to destabilize the ensuing peace in Kashmir, post Article 370, Singer Mika Singh and his troupe recently performed at the wedding of a billionaire’s daughter in Karachi, apparently close to former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharaff. Mika apparently charged USD 150,000 for his performance.
According to a report in Daily Jang newspaper, 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.
India’s action to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution and decision to bifurcate the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, drew a sharp reaction from Pakistan. As a result Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties and snapped trade relations with India, besides suspending the Samjhauta Express services between the two countries.
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.
Twitterati in India, lambasted the singer on social media. 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.