Singer Mika apologizes to nation
August 23, 2019
Playback singer and stage performer Mika Singh has issued an apology to the country after he was criticized for performing in Pakistan recently.
Mika said, "It was a coincidence that I went there and [revocation of] Article 370 happened." He added, "If I made a mistake, I apologise to the federation(s) and the entire nation."
The singer had received flak after he gave a live performance at the wedding of a relative of former Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi.
While speaking to the media Mika had an argument with a journalist and said, "I went there only when the government issued a visa...Two months ago, Neha Kakkar perfomed in Pakistan. Why didn't you say anything then? Before that Sonu Nigam also performed."
While the singer was in Pakistan, Indian government had revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir taking away the special status of the state. Pakistan has since then busied itself in voicing its opposition to India's decision before the international community and cutting of trade and cultural ties with India.
Two film bodies in India had put a ban on Mika after his stint in Pakistan. However, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has revoked the ban imposed on Mika Singh after he apologized for his act.
Ashoke Pandit, the President of FWICE said," "We were in shock that Mika performed in Pakistan and at a time when India is bleeding due to Pakistan. Such an approach on part of Indian artists is not acceptable. However, we are now taking back the circular to ban Mika Singh."
The All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) had also banned and boycotted Mika Singh from the film industry after a video of his Karachi performance went viral.