Pakistani artistes performing in the Indian entertainment industry is not a new thing. From Fawad Khan to Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Shafqat Amanat Ali to Mawra Hocane, all of them are incredibly popular and have a huge fan following in this nation. But one would be sad to know that a sting operation carried out by News18 has revealed that a lot of black money is involved while completing deals with these popular artistes.

 

News18 India have conducted sting operations on the managers of the above mentioned Pakistani artistes. One of the News18 India reporters posed as a manager of a Delhi-based industrialist and approached the managers of these artistes to perform at the industrialist’s daughter’s wedding.

 

So the reporter contacted the manager of Shafqat Amanat Ali to perform at the wedding. The manager of the singer, Manu Kohli quoted ₹25 lakh for the performance excluding other expenses incurred on travel and boarding of his group that consists of eight people. Kohli also said that there were other service taxes to be paid on top of that as well.

 

Initially, it all looked clean until the reporter asked the manager whether they can show five to seven lakh payments on papers and the rest they will pay in cash. Surprisingly, the managers agreed after slight negotiation.

 

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s manager also struck a similar deal with the reporter of the News18 India, and so did Fawad Khan’s manager. In all the three cases, a particular amount would have been shown in papers by paying proper taxes and the rest of the deal was supposed to be completed with cash.

 

This sting operation not only revealed that these Pakistani artistes are usually hired with the help of a lot of black money, but it also shows how far it has crawled inside the system.