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After Mika Singh, Diljit Dosanjh faces FWICE anger for accepting invite from Pakistani national

The federation has written to Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar to cancel the visa of the actor-singer.

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The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has written to the Union external affairs ministry requesting it to get the visa of actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh cancelled for reportedly accepting the invitation of a Pakistani national to perform in the United States of America. The notice, sent on 3 September, is addressed to external affairs minister S Jaishankar.

The event is being hosted in Houston, Texas, by a man named Rehan Siddiqui on 21 September, as quoted in the FWICE notice. Earlier last month, the federation had sent a similar notice to singer Mika Singh for having performed in Karachi in Pakistan. The singer had then apologized to the federation. 

In the notice regarding Diljit Dosanjh, the federation wrote, "Mr Dosanjh is a thorough gentleman and a superb singer but has been allured by the Pakistani national, Rehan Siddiqui, for staging his performance in America on 21 September." It went on to request the ministry to "cancel the visa of Mr Diljit Dosanjh and his troupe or the application of visa not be granted for their performance in America as it will be labelled anti-national".

The notice is the second such threat issued by the federation to artistes collaborating with Pakistani musicians or artistes since the tension between India and Pakistan escalated over Kashmir in August.