The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has banned singer Mika Singh from the Indian film industry for performing at an event in Karachi, Pakistan.
According to details, Mika performed at the mehndi ceremony of former President General Pervez Musharraf’s close relative’s daughter. After a video from the wedding went viral, social media went into uproar since this move came after India stripped Kashmir of its special status by removing Article 370.
Mika was granted permission to perform in Karachi even though Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on the same day, August 8, had reiterated that no Indian movie will be screened in Pakistani cinemas. Talking to media, Awan said a policy was being formulated to ban all kinds of Indian cultural content in Pakistan.
Following Mika’s performance, AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta in a letter stated: “AICWA bans and boycott singer Mika Singh from the Indian film industry for performing at a high profile event at Karachi dated August 8, 2019.”
The statement further read that “AICWA workers will make sure that no one in India works with Mika Singh and if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law”.
“When the tension between the countries is at the peak, Mika Singh puts money above the nation’s pride,” the film association said.
Mika and his crew were given visas for 30 days to perform in three cities – Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.