FWICE has asked Indian promoters, Karl Kalra & Nirmal Dhaliwal, to cancel their show with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan by sending a notice.
FWICE said in their notice, “We have already given our directive that no Indian artist/singer/dancer/anchor/performer and last but not least, the promoter would work with [Pakistani] nationals and [Pakistani] artists in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries.”
“It is, therefore, our humble request to both of you to immediately cancel the above shows to maintain the dignity and honor of your country. You are. India, for which you should be proud.”
“In case if you don’t cancel the shows of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and go against the sentiments of Indians, no Indian Artist/ Singer/ dancer/ Anchor, Performer/ Promoter would ever work with you anywhere in the entire world,” they further added in the notice.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan wasn’t available to comment on the situation.
This is not the first time FWICE has attempted to influence performers not to perform. They previously issued a notice to singers Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and Kumar Sanu for performing at an event organized by a Pakistani based there in the United States.
In letters dispatched top the aforementioned singers, FWICE said, “Having learnt that you along with your contemporaries are scheduled to perform in the USA on 17 November 2019 that is organized by a Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain, We at FWICE are requesting for your reversal step that would delink your participation from the said event.”
“Needless to add here that you all are acclaimed singers of India and have garnered enormous people from this country. Guess you would reciprocate the same sentiments with your countrymen and not throw open any ground for disharmony and displeasures arising out of any adverse eventuality in the future,” the letter further states.