Eminent lyricist Javed Akhtar has said that being an Indian Citizen, the views of popular Bollywood Actor Priyanka Chopra has supported the recent decision of the Centre over Kashmir will “obviously be an Indian point of view.”
Mr. Akhtar replied to Pakistani Minister’s demand for the removal of Priyanka Chopra as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Peace, accused her of supporting the central government’s decision on Kashmir
On Wednesday, Mr. Akhtar on the sidelines of a literary event in Kolkata told sources that “if her comments have upset the Pakistani establishment, they can do whatever they wish.”
Indian Government has abrogated the Provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to scrap ‘special status’ from Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state4 into two separate Union Territories. India has considered the matter as an internal concern and that Pakistan should “accept the reality”.
In a written letter addressed to the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H Fore, Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari had said that Ms. Chopra’s support to Centre’s policies on Kashmir.
She also alleged that Mr. Chopra is in favor of nuclear war between Pakistan and India.
Shireen Mazari wrote, “Ms. Chopra has publicly endorsed this Indian government position and also supported the nuclear threat issued to Pakistan by the Indian Defence Minister. 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.”
While speaking about the actress, Mr. Akhtar has said that “I know Priyanka Chopra personally. She is a cultured, decent and educated person and the fact remains she is an Indian.”
He continued, “If there is some kind of a controversy and difference in point of view between an average Indian citizen (like Priyanka Chopra) and the Pakistani establishment, obviously her point of view will be an Indian point of view.”
When asked to reply on the existing situation in Kashmir Valley, Javed Akhtar has said that “I am not aware of what is going on. As a matter of fact, most of us don’t know because there is hardly any information available. We are yet to get details.”
“We know that there was some curfew, there were some restrictions, so on and so forth,” added Mr. Akhtar.