"So it was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you're a bit of a hypocrite," said the former fan.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 13, 2019

Priyanka Chopra, the Indian actor, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2016 and former Miss World 2000, would never have expected to be called a hypocrite at a cosmetics event in Los Angeles.

However, during a Q&A session with Priyanka Chopra at BeautyCon, Ayesha Malik went up to the microphone and called the Bollywood star a hypocrite for “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan” while being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

The relationship between Pakistan and India is strained due to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where India has stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomous status.

“So it was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite,” Malik said. “You tweeted on February 26, ‘Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.'”

“Jai Hind” is a slogan that translates to “Hail India,” and is often used in political speeches by Indian leaders. On February 26, India announced it had launched airstrikes in Pakistani territory in response to a bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir and Chopra faced controversy at the time for her tweet.

“You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There’s no winner in this,” Malik said. “As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywood and you wanted nuclear war.”

The microphone was taken from Malik near the end of her statement.

Chopra, who married American musician Nick Jonas in December last year, could have avoided the question altogether but chose to answer it.

“So, um, I have many many friends from Pakistan, and I am from India. War is not something that I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic, so … I’m sorry if I’ve hurt sentiments, to people who do love me, and have loved me. But I think all of us have a sort of … middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well. 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.”

Malik told Al Jazeera that she happened to be passing past the Beautycon event when she heard Chopra.

“My friend and I were walking around and we walked by Priyanka’s talk,” said Malik, a US citizen of Pakistani origin. “We did not want to watch or stick around but I heard her start talking about how she’s a humanitarian – she said we should ‘love our neighbours’ and I just thought that was very funny of her to say.”