Mika Singh, who has apologised to the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) for performing live in Pakistan, said that he won't repeat it again.
Mumbai: Days after he was banned by a film workers' body for performing in Pakistan, playback singer Mika Singh on Wednesday issued an apology.
Following his statement, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) revoked its 'ban'.
The FWICE had 'banned' the singer as he performed at a wedding in Karachi. Its members will not take part in his concerts and programs, it had said.
At a press conference here on Wednesday, Mika claimed his performance in the neighbouring country at a time when tensions between India and Pakistan were high following the abrogation of Article 370 was merely a coincidence.
"This was a commitment signed long back. The timing was wrong that I went there because the decision on Article 370 has just been taken. I called the federation and told them that this was a mistake. I apologise for the mistake and I won't repeat it again. I got a visa, so I went (to Pakistan). If you get a visa, you will go, too," said the singer.
I am very grateful and thankful to the @fwice #fwice to understand my perspective hearing me out and supporting me .Thank you to the entire #media fraternity for letting me express my perspective .Thanks to @Divine_T for the unconditional support always #divinetouch. pic.twitter.com/JzktFNmqD9— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) August 21, 2019
In his justification, the singer said that he had made a commitment to the client "long back".
The media, however, started countering Mika with questions like why he went to Pakistan in first place after the Pulwama attack, Mika started a heated argument.
"Do you (media) know that Neha Kakkar and (Pakistani singer) Atif Aslam performed here only two months ago? Do you know that Sonu Nigam also performed together with Atif four months ago? Why did no one say anything then? When I do something, the media talks about it to grab headlines. You want me to get angry so that you can show it on your news channels and (publish it in) the newspapers," he said.
The FWICE said in a release that it had lifted the ban on the singer.
As per reports, Mika performed in Karachi on August 8. He later faced flak on social media for performing in Pakistan.
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Last Updated Aug 22, 2019, 10:45 AM IST