This is not first time that Pakistani Legends are humiliated in India. Recently similar attitude have been adopted for Adnan Sami khan. In name of peace promotion Pakistani singers go to India besides seeking bigger markets. However their popularity ignite Indian singers who never view Pakistani singers ruling Indian Film Industry.
According to news Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was arrested today from Indra Gandhi Air Port Delhi and has been transferred to revenue office. Tomorrow morning he will be presented in the court. Rahat Fateh Ali was taken into custody by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and interrogated for six hours at the Air Port, as the Air Port authorities claimed that they have recovered us$ 124000/ from his possession. It is also said that his companions are also in the custody and authority have recovered US $50000.00 from the baggage of each friend.
The interior Minister Mr. Rehman Malik has said that the High Commissioner of Pakistan in India His Excellency Shahid Malik will handle the case personally. Mr. Shahid says that Rahat will be given full moral and legal support.
Recent incident will definitely going to reduce the charm for other artists and singers who unfortunately look for Bigger Indian markets. However this is right of artists and singers to spread their art across the boundaries. Their popularity has declined the future of several Indian singers thus they naturally envy him. His detention can be assumed as vengeful act of any of his rivals. However bigger the name bigger is the news.
Furthermore this incident can bear multi-pronged ramification. Because the source of this large amount has been tried to dedected. Pakistan and India has been traditional rivals since Sub-Continent was divided in 1947. The wars between both countries on long-pending issue of Kashmir and allegations of cross border terrorism can not be ignored. Recently Foreign Secretaries of both countries have decided to resume the dialogue after Mumbai attacks in 2008 in Bhutan. Thus India would not hesitate in investigating connections of this money with terrorist activities.
Unfortunately such incidents eclipsed the efforts of peace promotion and antagonistic attitude arises among people in Pakistan. Indian Artists Shabana Aami, Illa Roon and several others are in Pakistan and being treated as guests While it has been Indian tradition to humiliate Pakistani artists. After this incident India should drop the idea of promoting motto of “music beyond borders”.