I have been wanting to write on this matter in the last fortnight but just didn’t get the time to do so. I also hoped that someone from the mainstream media or other tweeting/facebooking/online social media gurus from Pakistan would write about it. New year’s eve 2012 in Dubai was a grand event. It seemed the who’s who of Pakistan were there to ring in the new year. They had a major reason be there other than just seeing the fireworks around Burj Khalifa. Pakistan’s media tycoon/tax evader/speculator/wannabe-king maker, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman’s daughter was getting married to financial sector guru, Jahangir Siddiqui’s son at the plush Madinat Jumeirah on 29th December whereas the Valima was at Ritz Carlton DIFC on the following day.
According to Mubasher Lucman, Mir Shakil gave Rs. 80 crores to Shahrukh Khan alone to attend her daughters marriage. Millions of rupees were spent to invite other stars of Bollywood, in addition to huge expenses on the weeding ceremony? Will the champions of Islamic values and austerity, namely Ansar Abbasi and Irfan Siddiqi, employees of Mir Shakil’s Jang Group, write columns on this? Wil Najam Sethi care to write on this topic?
Though I was not the privileged ones to attend the event, there were many who attended the wedding as it was talk of the town. Aman kee Asha did wonders for Mir Shakil ur Rehman as he was able to have stars like Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Rampal to attend the event. Apparently Sonu Nigam sang at the Mehndi. For a crowd of nearly 1000, it was a grand event hosted by MSR. General Pervaiz Musharraf was the star from Pakistan along with many politicians and media celebrities.
According to investigations, the arrangement of the event only (at Madinat Jumeirah for 1000+ people and many other arrangements) cost nearly AED 3.5 million for the tax evading owner of Geo TV and Jang/The News. It is also speculated that MSR paid heavily to Shahrukh Khan to attend the event.
One wonders where the media owner like MSR get all this money from? Oh yes, by not paying employees sufficiently and on time and off course not paying taxes to the national exchequer and then getting the courts to give stay orders.
If we are being considered to be making this up, then please read the write up in Emirates 24/7 (http://www.emirates247.com/