Singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh evoked the ire of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) members by accepting the invitation of Pakistan national Rehan Siddiqi for a performance in America on September 21. In a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs, FWICE members demanded cancellation of Dosanjh’s visa.
Federation of Western India Cine Employees writes to Ministry of External Affairs to "cancel the visa of singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh who accepted the invitation of a Pakistan National Rehan Siddiqi for a performance in America of September 21." pic.twitter.com/BVlgFb8J6F
— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019
FWICE wrote, “We have come to know that the performing singer and actor from Punjab Mr. Diljit Dosanjh has accepted the invitation from Mr. Rehan Siddiqui for staging his performance in America on September 21, 2019.”
The letter further said, “Dosanjh is a thorough gentleman and a superb singer/actor but he has been allured by Pak National, Rehan Siddiqui. His performance for the Pak national and people set a wrong precedent in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries. It is therefore our humble request to you to cancel the visa of Diljit Dosanjh and his troupe or the application for visa be not granted to restrain the performance in America as it will be labeled anti-national.”
The letter stated that this move would be a deterrent to all those “who have forgotten their moral responsibility and voice of their conscience. The association called for a firm stance in the face of the increasingly volatile equation between the two countries.
PLEASE NOTE: This story was based on the letter issued by FWICE. However, Diljit Dosanjh has denied such allegations.