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.
A recent report by AFP has revealed a growing trend in keeping lions as pets in Karachi and rough estimates show that 300 lions are being kept as pets.
Recently, actor Imran Abbas posted a picture of himself posing with a lion and playing with it on the terrace of a house.
Naturally, his picture invited tremendous backlash after which Imran took to Instagram to clarify that the lion is not “caged or malnutritioned.” He shared that the animal is kept in a natural habitat at a farmhouse and was brought to the house only for a day. Abbas added that the lion, named Simba, loves human beings and cannot be sent back to the jungle because he can’t live without the owner.
In a follow-up post, Abbas also clarified that the lion was not on drugs and was in fact pampered. He also thanked everyone for their concern.
Further social media sleuthing revealed that the lion belonged to a social media influencer called Azlan Shah. Azlan, who calls himself an animal lover, has over time, shared lots of pictures of himself with his pet lion.
Keeping wild animals as exotic pets has witnessed an upward trend in the past few years, especially in Karachi, where people have started keeping snakes, lions, tigers and giraffes as pets.