Indian singer Sukhbir Singh held at Lahore airport
Indian Bhangra singer Sukhbir Singh was on Sunday held up at the Lahore International airport after he was told by Pakistani airport authorities that he could not carry more cash than the permissible limit of $10,000.
According to AryNews, Singh was carrying $29000 when he arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.
The singer was in Lahore to perform at the marriage ceremony of the grandson of a close associate of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Sukhbir was given $30,000 to perform on August 7 and 8. Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali also performed during the ceremony.
Varying reports are emerging as to what transpired at the airport.
Indian news channel NDTV reports that before check-in Singh asked the authorities how much amount he could carry abroad. On learning that permissible limit is $10,000, he left the airport as he had more than the permissible amount.
Whereas, the Pakistani media reports that the Indian singer was taken in for interrogation when he somehow managed to dodge the authorities and flee the airport premises, leaving behind his luggage and the recovered currency.
When PTI news agency questioned airport authorities whether Singh was caught before boarding the plane and he dodged the authorities as reported in the Pakistani media, the official said, "Had this happened the Indian singer would have been behind bars".
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