Chopra ‘retains right to speak on issues in personal capacity': UN spokesperson
August 24, 2019 | 9:56 PM
by Agencies
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra.

Geneva: Indian actor Priyanka Chopra has been the focal point of controversy after a public argument with a Pakistani woman who accused her of ‘promoting war’ and ‘jingoism’.

The 37-year-old Bollywood star has been the subject of debate over her response to criticism of her tweet after the Balakot air strike by an audience member at a beauty event in Los Angeles some weeks ago.

"Don't yell... we are all here for love" Priyanka Chopra told the audience member, a Pakistani social media influencer, "War is not something I'm really fond of but I am patriotic."

Priyanka Chopra retains the right to speak in her personal capacity on issues of concern to her, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said amid demands from a Pakistan minister that the Indian actor be removed as UNICEF goodwill ambassador for her stand on Kashmir.

Dujarric's statement on Thursday came a day after Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said Chopra should be removed from her post for supporting the Indian government's policies on Kashmir.

In a letter to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on Wednesday, she also alleged that Chopra is in favour of a "nuclear war" between India and Pakistan.

“I can tell you that, for any Goodwill Ambassador, whether it's Chopra or anyone else, we expect them to adhere to impartial positions when they speak on behalf of UNICEF or any other organization,” Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily press briefing.

“When they speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues of interests or concern to them. Their personal views, however, do not reflect those of the agency with which they may be affiliated with,” he said.

Dujarric was asked whether Chopra, who has been tweeting in favour of the Indian Army, still maintains her status as UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Mazari's letter cames days after Chopra was verbally attacked at an event in the US by a Pakistani woman who also accused the actor of encouraging nuclear war against her country. The audience member had raked up Chopra's February 26 tweet where she congratulated the Indian Air Force after Indian fighter jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) terrorist camp at Balakot in Pakistan.

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