In these serious times of bubbling tension between India and Pakistan, we could have done with less controversy. But no, the drama just has ways of resurfacing again and again. Recently, Priyanka Chopra was at BeautyCon, a Los Angeles’ beauty event. She was taking questions from the audience when one woman of Pakistani origin named Ayesha Malik stood up and asked a question which broke all hell loose.
She started, “So it was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite. You tweeted on February 26, ‘Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.’”
Malik is referring to the tweet UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka made when India just launched airstrikes on Pakistan, back in February this year.
Malik continued, “You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There’s no winner in this. As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywood and you wanted nuclear war…” Apparently, she had to say more, but microphone was taken away from her.
At this point, everybody was looking at Priyanka for a response which she made before saying, “Whenever you’re done venting … got it, done? Okay, cool.”
Priyanka can be heard saying, “So, I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India, and war is not something that I am really fond of but I am patriotic. So, I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well.”
And she continued, “The way you came at me right now? Girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself. But we all walk that middle ground, but thank you for your enthusiasm and your question and your voice.”
It all got subdued there for then but it’s not ending anytime soon. Ayesha took to Twitter to speak more on the matter.
The internet is thoroughly divided on the issue. While people from Pakistan are wholeheartedly supporting Malik and her bravery, some Indians also think she was right on calling Priyanka out. Take a look:
It does feel like Ayesha has a point. What are your thoughts on this?