LAHORE :Merely a week or so after Meera’s unfortunate encounter with the police during the PSL finale, the superstar has found herself in yet another controversy.
this time with the Punjab Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC). As per Meera’s statements, the institute owes her Rs25,000 for attending the recent Spring Festival in Lahore.
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On the flipside, PILAC officials claim that they had invited the celebrities simply for them to honour the Festival and Meera is the only one to demand money. The latter apparently made sure to inform the media officials present at the event that she was not being paid due to which, PILAC director Dr Sugra Sadaf was forced to hand her Rs25,000.
“We had planned to pay the performers only and Meera was not invited to perform – she was just a guest,” said Dr Sugra. “But she was demanding money and left me no choice but to pay her from my own pocket. She was claiming that she is having a financial crisis so I went ahead.”
While the Hotal star is indeed going through a tough time financially, having asked CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to help her out too. Also, sources within the PILAC told The Express Tribune that Meera was actually not invited to the event at all. According to them, she merely showed up to create a ruckus.
According to Meera, it is common for event organisers in Lahore to reap benefits from celebrities and not pay up. “They make huge amounts of money but never pay us any of it. I don’t have any personal issues with the PILAC administration. Dr Sugra paid me from her own pocket and realising my troubles, has asked me to perform on March 17 as well, in return for Rs100, 000.”
“I am also planning on consulting with scholar Moulana Tariq Jamil to get some religious guidance to help me through this difficult time,” added Meera. “How else will I manage when there is no work for me? The Punjab government should take notice of my situation seriously.”