After Diljit Dosanjh the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued notices to singers Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan to cancel an event promoted by a Pakistani national. The three of them were scheduled to perform in the USA at an event organised by Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain on 17 November.
#FWICE makes an appeal to singers #KumarSanu #UditNarayan & #AlkaYagnik to withdraw form below mentioned show in America which is organised by a Pak. National Moazzama Hussain. We hope that all the 3 rspctd singers will adhere to our requests. pic.twitter.com/tLJZ0OCj4r— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 18, 2019
The statement sent by the film body reads, “Having learnt that you along with you contemporaries are scheduled to perform in the USA on November 17th, 2019 that is organised by a Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain, we at FWICE are requesting for you reversal step that would delink your participation from the said event.”
The notice also adds, “Back of the tensions prevailing with our neighbours, more so after abrogation of Article 370, FWICE which holds the dignity of our country as paramountly important, has time and again informed the members of the film fraternity to abstain from associating with a Pakistani National in any platform of cultural or professional activities in Pakistan or in any part of the world.”
Earlier, Diljit Dosanjh, too, was asked to refrain from performing at a show in the US that is being promoted by a Pakistani national, Rehan Siddiqi. The show was supposed to be held place on 21 September. FWICE had asked Dosanjh to “cancel his commitment in the interest, sentiments and dignity of the nation”. In another letter to the Ministry of External Affairs, the film body has also requested that Diljit and his troupe’s visa be revoked in case he doesn’t cancel the tour.
Following this, Diljit issued a statement postponing the show. “I was not aware of any such intimation by the federation before today. However, in lieu of the letter by FWICE, I have decided to postpone by Houston show at this time. I love my country and will always stand for the greater interest of the nation”, he wrote on Twitter.
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