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Film body advises artistes against online collaboration with Pakistani counterparts

In a statement, Federation of Western India CIne Employees said that while the whole world is united in its fight against coronavirus, Pakistan is "busy killing our soldiers on the border", and the Indian artiste community should not forget it.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Published: April 12, 2020 9:38:35 pm
rahat fateh ali khan says he does not need permission to sing nusrat fateh ali khan qawwalis Since the Uri attack in 2016, FWICE, along with many other film bodies, imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes.

Federation of Western India CIne Employees (FWICE) on Sunday released a statement, advising Indian artistes to follow its non-cooperation directive against working with Pakistani artistes. The film body warned that violators would be subjected to disciplinary action.

Since the Uri attack in 2016, FWICE, along with many other film bodies, imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes. Since the lockdown, there have been a few cross-border online collaborations among artistes.

In its press release, FWICE cites a collaboration of some Indian artistes (without naming them) with Pakistani musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

“We are pained to inform all members that despite being fully aware that FWICE has issued a total non-cooperation circular advising all members not to work in any manner whatsoever with all Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians.

“Some members are blatantly violating the non-cooperation circular by working in various mode and media of Entertainment like a recent instance in which our musicians have worked online with singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan which is being seen online and we have been informed that more such entertainment products and songs are being planned and made,” the statement read.

The press release said that while the whole world is united in its fight against coronavirus, Pakistan is “busy killing our soldiers on the border”, and the Indian artiste community should not forget it.

“We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates to kindly note that the Non- Cooperation Circular is valid and subsisting and 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 initiated by FWICE which everyone may please note.

“One should also realize that while the entire world is fighting against the coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers on the borders. Kindly note no violation of this circular will be allowed and we are sure all members will follow our advice in their own interest,” the statement concluded.

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