Ever since the Uri attacks Pakistani artists have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. First, the ban on Pakistani artists in Bollywood after the Uri attack and now another issue has come to light where the agents of Pakistani artists are caught on cameras demanding payments in ‘black’ in India.
Recently, PM Narendra Modi took a huge initiative to curb corruption by discontinuing the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes and it may have proven to be a little exhausting for the common man but people are still co-operating as much as they can so that they successfully put an end to corruption. News18 did a sting operation after the demonetization by Narendra Modi and the reports are finally out.
The reports are shocking, agents of Pakistani artists like Fawad Khan, Mawra Hocane, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali and Imran Abbas Naqvi are involved in black money. According to the reports, the agents are caught on camera demanding majority of their fee in black. While a few of them demanded the payment in cash, others wanted it transferred to their bank accounts in Australia and Dubai.
According to the sting, Fawad’s manager asked for Rs. 50 lakh for a two hour appearance at a wedding and demanded the payment in black and white. The black money component was to be 25% of the deal amount and the rest of the money was transferred to Fawad’s UAE bank account. Similarly, Mawra’s manager also demanded Rs. 50 lakh for a two hour appearance, in black and white, except the 25% of the deal amount including rest of the money was to be transferred to her Australian bank account.
News18 also claims that as the Pakistani artists come to India on a work permit obtained through the Ministry of External Affairs for professional engagement, these activities violate the statutory laws.
It’s quite disappointing to see that the stars that were given so much love from India indulged in such activities. When there were actions taken against them, many Indians stood by these artists who were involved in encouraging illegal activities in our country and benefitting from them.