UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Priyanka Chopra has been facing intense criticism especially from Pakistan after she cheered for India when they initiate war against Pakistan in February.
UN has finally responded to all the criticism against Priyanka and said that she has the right to say anything in her personal capacity.
“When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at his daily briefing.
“Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF,” he added.
But, he said when they [UN Ambassadors] speak on behalf of the UNICEF, UN expect them to adhere to UNICEF’s evidence-based impartial positions, reports said.
Being an UN Peace Ambassador people was expecting more sensible response from her but she became eye of the storm for a tweet that she posted after the Balakot air strikes in Pakistan.
People have been calling her a ‘hypocrite’ for encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.
Earlier, Federal Minister to Human Rights Shireen Mazari has written a letter to the head of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Henrietta H. Fore, and has urged to remove Priyanka Chopra as a Goodwill ambassador over her pro-war statements.
According to the details, Federal Minister demanded to identify Priyanka Chopra from the list of Goodwill ambassadors of UNICEF.
She pointed out that Chopra, who was announced as a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, had publicly endorsed this position of the Indian government and also allegedly supported the nuclear threat issued to Pakistan by the Indian defense minister.
In the letter written to the Head of UNICEF 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.