ISLAMABAD: Shireen Mazari, the Human Rights Minister on Wednesday has formally written to the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), asking her to remove Priyanka Chopra Jonas as a global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador over her allegedly pro-war comments.
The minister’s move came days after Chopra was accosted at an event in the United States earlier this month by Pakistani-American activist Ayesha Malik over a tweet sent out by the actor earlier this year in favour of the Indian army.
In a letter written to Unicef Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, Mazari pointed to the ongoing crisis in occupied Kashmir, saying it was a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s violation of all international conventions that it is a signatory to, along with UN Security Council resolutions.
She alleged that India’s Hindu nationalist-led government was conducting a “campaign of ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims” in occupied Kashmir.
Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019
Chopra had garnered widespread criticism on social media over her response to Malik’s question at a BeautyCon event in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Malik had accused the Indian actress of being a “hypocrite” and “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan” by tweeting in favour of the Indian army in February, when Pakistan and India came to the brink of war in the wake of the Pulwama attack in occupied Kashmir.