The UN smashed Pakistan's criticism of Priyanka Chopra and demand for her removal as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for her backing India against Pakistan's alarmist and pro-terror narrative over the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A from Jammu and Kashmir.
The UN has responded to Pakistan's appeal to remove Priyanka Chopra as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador by stating that the actress retains the right to speak in her personal capacity on issues concerning her.
Priyanka Chopra had faced intense criticism from fans in Pakistan for a tweet cheering the Indian armed forces with Pakistan's Human Rights Minsiter Shireen Mazari writing an open letter to UN to remove her from her post.
Addressing the issue on Thursday, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at his daily briefing said that when UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors "speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them," answering to a question about Chopra.
Priyanka Chopra who has been an active UN associate is often seen indulging in a lot of work as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. However, the actress was recently called out by Pakistan government as they issued a letter to UN demanding Priyanka Chopra's ouster from the position over her statements backing India. The Pak government has stated that Priyanka's stand is completely opposite to what should be of a UN Ambassador of Goodwill for Peace.
Citing Priyanka Chopra's “jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UNSC resolutions on Kashmir,” Pak Federal Minister, Shireen M. Mazari urged UNICEF to immediately remove the actor from her position as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. The human rights minister also shared a copy of the letter on Twitter on Wednesday, August 21.
HR Minister Dr @ShireenMazari1 today wrote a letter to UNICEF chief to remove Priyanka Chopra as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace over her pro-war comments and support to BJP Govt policy of ethnic cleansing/racism/fascism/genocide@UNICEF @UNHumanRights @pid_gov @appcsocialmedia pic.twitter.com/owtnbjSfEX— Ministry of Human Rights Government of Pakistan (@mohrpakistan) August 21, 2019
Priyanka Chopra was drawn into the controversy after an indignant Pakistani journalist Ayesha Malik called Priyanka a 'hypocrite' during a Beauty Con panel talk in Los Angeles, for allegedly tweeting in favour of a war between Pakistan and India during escalating tensions earlier this year. The actress gave a befitting reply extending support for her homeland.
“So, I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India, and war is not something that I am really fond of but I am patriotic. So, I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well.”
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