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UNICEF asked to remove ‘jingoist’ Priyanka as goodwill ambassador

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By Tanveer Abbas

Islamabad (TP) August 21: Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari on Wednesday wrote a letter to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore to remove Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as United Nations goodwill ambassador for peace over her pro-war comments and support to the Baharati Jannati Party government policy of ethnic cleansing, racism, fascism, genocide and Indian government’s violations of international conventions and UN resolutions on Kashmir and nuclear threat issued to Pakistan by Indian defence minister.

In a letter, Dr Mazari said the support of the UN goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra for nuclear war undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she has been elevated.

“I wish to draw your attention to the issue of Ms Priyanka Chopra whom you have appointed as a UN goodwill ambassador for peace. The recent crisis in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) has been the result of the Modi government’s violation of all international conventions that it is a signatory to, along with UNSC resolutions as well as conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims in IOK.

The Modi government is also denying 4 m Indian Muslims of their citizenship in Assam creating “detention Centres” akin to Nazi concentration camps. The Indian occupation forces have also intensified their campaign of using pellet guns against women and children as well as violence and abuse of women in IOK. The entire policy of the BJP government is similar to the Nazi doctrine of ethnic cleansing, racism, fascism and genocide. Ms Chopra has publicly endorsed this Indian government position and also supported the nuclear threat issued to Pakistan by the Indian defence minister,” Mazari said in the letter.

“ All this goes completely against the principles of peace and goodwill that Ms Chopra is supposed to uphold as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UNSC resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for the war, including nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she has been elevated. Unless she is removed immediately, the very idea of a UN goodwill ambassador for Peace becomes a mockery globally. Therefore I would request that she be immediately denotified as a UN goodwill ambassador for peace,” she concluded.

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