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United Nation supports Priyanka Chopra

August 24, 2019

The United Nation has come forward in support of Indian actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra who is facing criticism from Pakistan for speaking in favor of her own country.

Stephane Dujarric the spokesperson of António Guterres, the chief of UN has said, "When...ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them. We expect them to adhere to impartial positions when they speak on behalf of UNICEF."

This response from UN comes after Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari wrote to the UNICEF to remove actress Priyanka Chopra as the UN Goodwill Ambassador.

Mazari's complaint was based on a tweet by the actor. The alleged controversial tweet by Priyanka was made on 26 February 2019 and read,"Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces." The tweet also contained emojis of the Indian flag and namaste.

Some Pakistanis are claiming that her tweet cheering the Indian military shows her support for nuclear war and she should not continue as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Priyanka was appointed the goodwill ambassador in 2016 owing to her social work in the field of child rights.

Online petitions were also started in this regard however, the latest response from the UN has ensured that Priyanka will continue as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the time being.

Among many people who defended Priyanaka is actor Kangana Ranaut who said, "When you're stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, sure you can't limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day."

Speaking at an event actor Ayushmann Khurrana said, "Priyanka Chopra is representing our country very well. She is not an Indian icon, but a global icon. Being a daughter of an army officer she is a good representative of India."

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