Diljit Dosanjh accepts invite to Pak organiser's event, artist body wants MEA to cancel visa

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2019, 01:30 PM IST
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Diljit Dosanjh's performance is scheduled to take place in the US on September 21. 

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has requested the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to cancel the visa of singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, who accepted the invitation for an event which is being promoted by Rehan Siddiqi, who is of Pakistani origin.

The performance is scheduled to take place in the US on September 21. 

In a letter written to the MEA, the film body stated that, "We, at FWICE want to draw your kind attention towards the unbridled race of Artists/ Singers/ Dancers/ Anchors/ Performers at the behest of a Pak National Rehan Siddiqi promoter of shows in America despite strict warnings given to them."

"We have come to know that the performing singer and actor from Punjab Diljit Dosanjh has accepted the invitation of Rehan Siddiqi for staging his performance at the United States on September 21, 2019," the statement read.

The film body further stated that Diljit is a "thorough gentleman" and "superb singer-actor" but has been "allured" by Siddiqi and his performance will set a "wrong precedent" in the wake of the current situation between the two countries.

"Mr. Dosanjh is a thorough gentleman and a superb singer/actor but he has been allured by the Pak National, Mr. Rehan Siddiqi," FWICE stated.

"His performance for the Pak National and people will set a wrong precedent in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries," the film body added in the letter.

FWICE requested for the visa cancellation of the actor and his group to restrain their performance as it will be labelled as "anti-national."

"It is, therefore, our humble request to you to cancel the visa of Mr Diljit Dosanjh and his troupe or the application for visa be not granted to restrain their performance in America as it will be labelled anti-national," the film body said.

"We are doing our duty and wish the government takes appropriate action. We hope you will do the needful to crackdown the menace to avoid the devastating effects," FWICE concluded the letter.

Last month, Mika had performed in Karachi, Pakistan with his group at an event which was organised by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf`s close relative.

This did not go well with netizens and fans who revolted over the idea and called the singer a `traitor` on social media. After the social media uproar, FWICE and AICWA (All India Cine Workers Association) banned the singer. 

FWICE even stated that any artist who works with Mika will be banned henceforth. However, after a press conference, Mika publicly apologised for performing in Pakistan after which the ban was revoked by both the film bodies.