“Nahin, Nahin, Nahin – Mujhe Mana Kiya Gaya Hai, Kashmir Kay Baarey Mein Bolne Se” – Mehwish Hayat at a Charity Fundraiser
Mehwish Hayat seems to be caught up in a major controversy. It seems her nonchalant attempt at evading a reporter’s question regarding Kashmir has made Pakistanis furious. There’s even a hashtag trending on Twitter (
#RevokeMehwishHayatCivilAward) asking for the Pakistani Government to revoke her Civil Award.
If you’ve already forgotten, Mehwish was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz earlier this year, in March. Since then, she’s been in the headlines for taking a public stance on the ongoing atrocities in Kashmir. She even highlighted the Kashmir issue at an award ceremony in Oslo last month. Her four-minute speech had really good advice for all parties involved and was, simply put, inspiring.
Mehwish Hayat Shocks Pakistanis By Refusing To Comment About Kashmir
Thus, it came as a shock when in a recently leaked video, filmed at a charity event, Mehwish refused to answer a reporter’s questions regarding the orphans in Kashmir. She said, “I’ve been asked not to comment on the Kashmir issue…I can’t…”.
This was not taken well by the masses. They took to Twitter to express their opinions:
Meanwhile, Ayesha had this to say, “Colin Kaepernick who risked his career as a footballer by kneeling during the American anthem to protest against police brutality. Mehwish Hayat who chose to remain quiet despite being a recipient of a civil award to prevent risking her career”.
However, others chose to defend her silence,”Leave Mehwish Hayat alone. Stop taking bits from videos & ascribing your own meanings. This obsession with sensationalism.. Try to be rational once in a while, it doesn’t hurt: if Mehwish had been asked by God-knows-who to not talk about Kashmir, would she reveal that on camera?”.
Is Mehwish Contradicting Herself?
Her recent tweet contradicts with what she wrote in an opinion piece for CNN. Mehwish wrote, “… I’m well known in my native Pakistan and (increasingly) internationally, I have an audience that I can influence… Some issues are too important to play politics with. One of those is Kashmir “.
She clearly believes that Kashmir shouldn’t only be discussed in the political-realm. She’s even emphasized how we should be vocal about it on the various platforms we’re given because it’s far too important to ignore. Thus, it seems questionable why she’d resort to being “politically correct” now?
However, in response to the criticism, Mehwish Hayat tweeted,”The leaked video is being taken out of context. I’ve been the most vocal on
#Kashmir issue globally & will continue to do so. I have big plans for the next steps. This was a charity event & was requested by the PR not to be political ¬ distract from the orphans I was there to help”.
It seems that this clarification wasn’t enough for some. There are still questions being asked as to why she couldn’t have given a more diplomatic answer or who had asked her to “not be political”.
Ways This Could’ve Been Avoided
This could’ve all been avoided if Mehwish had a better PR team. Because, frankly, if this was an issue that wasn’t supposed to be brought up, they should’ve informed the media present there and made sure everyone adhered to the rules.
If Mehwish had been more alert, she might have tactfully avoided answering questions. We get it, sometimes you just can’t break the rules because you signed some legal paperwork. However, if we’re being honest, there’s always a better way to get yourself out of a pickle, and this isn’t it.
Why someone felt the need to release this video now, will remain a mystery to me. Please respect the ethical code of journalism. Making someone feel uncomfortable and surprising them with questions that they clearly don’t want to answer, isn’t right. There’s always a time and place for being on the lookout for controversy and the Kashmir issue is the last thing that needs to be involved in the center of this.
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