'Personal opinion': UNICEF rubbishes Pak complaint over Priyanka Chopra army remark

Priyanka Chopra

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"When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors "speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them", he said in a daily briefing on Thursday in a question about Chopra".

"When they speak on behalf of the UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF's evidence-based impartial positions", he said.

A few days back, Priyanka Chopra Jonas found herself in the middle of a situation at an event when a Pakistani woman accused her of promoting war between India and Pakistan.

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Chopra, who was appointed a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 2010 and 2016 and recently came under fire over a tweet she posted in February amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

The letter read as "I wish to draw your attention to the issue of Ms Priyanka Chopra whom you have appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace".

In an official statement, a UNICEF spokesperson said that a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador has a right to speak on the issues that concern them and that doesn't necessarily reflect the views of the UNICEF.

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Mazari alleged that the actress showed 'support of war including nuclear war'.

Pakistan has intensified criticism of her after India rescinded the special status of Kashmir. Ayushmann Khurrana, Kangana Ranaut and Anupriya Goenka have all come out in support of the actress.

In a letter, addressed to UNICEF executive director Henrietta H. Fore, Pakistan's human rights minister Shireen Mazari said the Bollywood actor supports the Indian government's policies on Kashmir. At a BeautyCon in LA, Priyanka was called a hypocrite by a Pakistani woman. In this regard, Priyanka had all the right to say what she thought.

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For those who ain't aware, Priyanka praised the Indian armed forces after the airstrike in Balakot this February and tweeted, "Jai Hind". If that wasn't all, Priyanka has also been showered with support from her fans, well-wishers and industry folk. "Being a daughter of an army officer she is a good representative of India", he told reporters here at the Aandhadhun celebration.

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