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Cine employees federation slams Indian artistes for online concert with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

The FWICE has warned of disciplinary action against those who continue to work with Pakistani artistes.

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The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has come down heavily on Indian singers, musicians and technicians for tying up with Pakistani artistes. A decision to not work with artistes from across the country's western border was taken by the FWICE in the wake of the Uri attacks of 2018.

The response from the FWICE has come after Indian singer Harshdeep Kaur and designer Vijay Arora did an online concert with popular Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The notice said the federation was 'pained' that despite its circular advising its members not to work 'in any manner whatsoever' with Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, some members had violated the dictate by working 'in various modes and media of entertainment'. In this connection, the notice cited 'a recent instance in which our musicians have worked with singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan'. The notice further said the federation had been informed that more such entertainment products and songs were being planned.

The notice was signed by FWICE chief adviser Ashoke Pandit, president BN Tiwari, general secretary Ashok Dubey and treasurer Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav. It warned the Indian artists saying, “Anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians in any mode or media of entertainment will be subject to strict disciplinary action.”

The notice also came down heavily on Pakistan, saying, “One should also realize that while the entire world is fighting against coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers on the borders.”