MUMBAI (ANI) — A ban imposed on Mika Singh from working in the Hindi film industry was revoked by Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) on Wednesday after the singer tendered an apology for performing at an event in Karachi, Pakistan.
“I went to Pakistan so that I could visit Nankana Sahib Gurdwara. It is merely a coincidence that abrogation of Article 370 happened on 5th while I landed there on 3rd (August),” said Mika at a press conference here.
“I apologised for the mistake that I did unknowingly,” he added.
Ashoke Pandit, chief advisor of FWICE said: “The Federation has very seriously taken note of people who have flouted its instructions as far as Pakistan is concerned. We have issued noncooperation against any Pakistani artiste performing here or Indian artiste performing there especially after Pulwama attack.”
Pandit added that the film association is withdrawing the ban on Mika as the singer has apologised and has committed that he will not repeat it.
FWICE President BN Tiwari who was also at the press conference said: “We have issued a noncooperation letter and in return, Mika too wrote a letter to us asking for a chance to explain the situation in which he went there to perform. He said that the time he performed there was not right. He apologised to the federation. We have decided to lift the ban after discussion. It is better to be late than never.”
Mika Singh thanked the film body for removal of the ban and expressed appreciation in a tweet.
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) August 21, 2019
Mika Singh also engaged in an argument with a journalist in the press conference where the ban on the singer was revoked.
“I went there only when the government issued the visa,” the singer said when he was asked as to why he went to Pakistan for a performance.
Irritated by the journalist, he said: “Nobody raises a voice when other artists perform. An attempt is being made to garner publicity in my name.”
“Two months ago, singers Neha Kakkar and Atif Aslam performed in Pakistan. Why did not you say anything then? Before that, Sonu Nigam and Atif also performed,” he added.