LAHORE: British-Pakistani actor Armeena Khan, who is known for being outspoken, yet again calls out ex British foreign secretary Boris Johnson upon his disparaging remarks against women who don the burqa.
Claiming that those ladies, who put on burqas, look like letterboxes, Johnson further went on to compare them with bank robbers.
Responding to his derogatory thoughts, the actress took to Twitter and wrote: “Yet another privileged middle-aged bloke telling women what they can and can’t wear. If a woman wants to wear a burqa it’s her right Mr. #BorisJohnson it is her RIGHT to choose which goes hand in hand with British values.”
“If a woman wants to wear a short dress, it is her right and freedom to do so. If a woman wants to wear a burqa it is her right to do so. I will defend the basic principle which is the right to choose,” added she.
It is pertinent to mention here that Johnson’s comments receive strong criticism, whereas, innumerable people including British Prime Minister Theresa May ask him to tender an apology over his offensive statement.
Relevent pieces published earlier:
i) Pakistani starlet Armeena Khan is known for being an outspoken lady. Lately, the actress took to Twitter to pan chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed for using inappropriate language for the people belonging to the entertainment fraternity on live television.
The actor posted, “Who is this man? Why is he using such abusive language against the film industry? Why is such obscene language allowed on mainstream television?”
Criticizing the politician, Armeena further went on to say, “I am embarrassed for this man. I mean, how do you just sit there and make such statements without realizing the wider ramifications? Is he educated? What background does he come from? In the UK, he wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near public office. “
Armeena strongly backed up and appreciated the artists, who are professional and do a lot of hardworking, “What do you call selling the soil of your motherland to corrupt politicians? In the wider world, only the BEST, the most educated, the most talented can dream of doing what WE do i.e. being artists. Real K’s can only dream of this so what do you do? Dream or sell?”
Claiming that there are innumerable concerns for politicians to talk about on TV instead of giving derogatory comments against anyone, she held, “As a creative professional, I am left wondering if the politicians historically tasked with developing and supporting our creative industries, harbored such derogatory sentiments about these very industries, then is it any wonder our nation has had to endure a cultural depression for so long. This is the very hypocrisy that destroyed our film industry. As a result, we have lost out economically and artistically. It is unforgivable.”
“If the people in charge had been sincere, where would our industry be today? What kind of employment opportunities and resources would our youth have? Would we still be reliant on foreign industries to fulfill our cultural needs?” said she.
Slamming the electronic media, which is just occupied in earning ratings, the actress maintained, “The episode shows the embarrassing direction of our news outlets and the people involved with them. Why did the host not challenge the inflammatory position by his guest? We need younger, educated faces to deliver a better and a more professional level of a product instead of chasing ratings driven by rubbish that is served every night.”
Armeena deliated by stating, “If we are fighting for a new Pakistan then these attitudes belong in the past. Otherwise, there will be no change.”
Upon her post, twitterati also went ahead to give their comments. Some agree with Armeena whereas, others support Sheikh. Responding to the Twitterati, Armeena wrote, “So do shaadis don’t have naach gaanay? Does that mean that everyone partaking in wedding songs and dances are K*****?”
The actress also went ahead for supporting and helping Syrian refugees while deliberating about the hypocrisy persists in this world. Moreover, she also raised her voice against cyberbullying and racial discrimination.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistani electronic media particularly entertainment side lacks maturity and professionalism and is running after ratings.
As a matter of fact, female anchors and hosts just endorse expensive attires and makeovers. They have nothing to do with producing fruitful content for public and hence, they are just disseminating vulgarity, which needs to be halted forthwith! (Published on 22nd June 2018).
ii) Israeli bombardment in Syria is getting out of control, resulting in the death of innumerable innocent people particularly kids on a daily basis.
In such delicate consequences, Pakistani actress Armeena Khan wants to travel to Syria, reported sources.
According to the details, the actress herself wants to give donations and Zakat to refugees and children in the war-torn area.
The Janaan actress took to social media to share a snap of a child surrendering to a camera and wrote, “This broke my heart. I have been following this conflict for years and I finally, have had enough. It is time to do something. It is time to do what is in my hands.”
“I have decided to go out there myself to hand deliver donations, Zakat to the war-torn refugees and children of Syria. This is the holy month of Ramazan so start it off with a good deed.”
While urging the people to give as much donations as they can, the Bin Roye luminary further held, “Please donate generously as everything will be hand delivered by myself and the team.
The link is in the bio. I hope that you will do your bit in giving these poor children some hope in their lives. Thank you so much, please spread this as much as possible.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the actress has always raised her voice in support of Syrian refugees and gathered donations for organizations in the past too. (Published on 18th May 2018) .
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wed
NEW DEHLI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas hosted an extravagant concert Sunday for their star-studded wedding guests as the couple tied the knot at a lavish Indian palace.
Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26 performed an opulent Indian music and dance routine as their friends and family clapped along at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in the western city of Jodhpur.
The multi-day festivities – dubbed India’s “wedding of the year” — continued into the night with a Hindu ritual for the superstar couple, who exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony Saturday night.
Chopra said the colorful “sangeet” performance, which featured ornate set changes and dozens of performers, started as a “fierce song and dance competition” between their musical families.
“And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love,” she posted on Instagram Sunday.
They were married in India’s fabled “Blue City” with famous guests including Jonas’s brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee, British actress and “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner.
US fashion designer Ralph Lauren said the label had also been involved in the event’s styling. “Ralph Lauren is honored to have dressed the couple as well as the members of their wedding party,” the designer posted on Twitter on Saturday.
The couple got engaged in August, sharing photos on social media showing them performing a prayer ritual in traditional Indian garb.
The wedding celebrations commenced with a traditional Indian “mehndi” ceremony, with Chopra’s arms and legs painted with henna dyes. The bride wore vibrant Indian colors while Jonas was dressed in an embroidered kurta, an elaborate tunic.
That ceremony was capped off with a vibrant fireworks show over the city of Jodhpur – attracting some criticism online as Chopra is a vocal advocate for improving India’s atrocious air pollution.
Chopra – who won the Miss World pageant in 2000 — is one of Bollywood’s most identifiable stars and one of the few to have achieved success in the West. She starred in the ABC thriller series “Quantico” and has released songs with US chart-toppers including Pitbull and The Chainsmokers.
Jonas first found success as a child star, as the frontman of The Jonas Brothers with his two siblings. The brothers hailed from a deeply devout Christian family and presented a wholesome image, including wearing purity rings to promote chastity. In recent years, however, Jonas revamped his image as well as turning to acting.
UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador
UNITED NATIONS: Emmy-Nominated British actress Millie Bobby Brown was Tuesday named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to mark World’s Children Day.
At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest person to ever take on the role. The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying, and poverty.
“It’s a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” Ms. Brown in a statement marking the Day. “It’s a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out
on their behalf.”
World Children’s Day is commemorated annually as a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness and funds for millions of children lacking basic resources and services.
To show solidarity for the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, UNICEF is asking supporters to “turn the world blue,” by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, or on social media.
Ms. Brown kick-started the action in a short video last week, encouraging supporters to #GoBlue to defend and promote children’s rights.
Around the world, notable leaders in entertainment, government, sports, and business are having children “take over” their professional roles to highlight issues that interest them.
Children are assuming seats at parliaments in Montenegro, Peru, Tonga, Suriname, Zambia, and others. In Brussels, the youth will take over the European Parliament, and five more UNICEF Youth Ambassadors are being appointed across the globe.
UN child rights experts reminded the international community of the challenges youth face around the globe and called the UN Member States to scale up efforts in their defense.
“Millions of vulnerable children continue to be left behind, including child victims of violence, conflict and sexual exploitation, migrant refugee and asylum-seeking children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, and children belonging to indigenous and minority groups,” the experts said on Tuesday.
“The best way to leave no child behind is to put children first to ensure that no child grows up in a world of fear, violence, and hopelessness.”
UNICEF is calling on activists and supporters to sign its global petition, urging world leaders to demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge these rights as non-negotiable.
Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar welcomed in Pk.
LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan today said the current visit of noted Indian poet Javed Akhtar along with his film star wife Shabana Azmi to Pakistan would open new doors of peace for Pak-India relationships.
In a meeting with Indian celebrity couple here on Friday, he said: “Pakistanis are the most peaceful and loving people and Pakistan, indeed, has fought on front-line in the war against terrorism”.
Chohan said that both neighboring countries should work together in the areas of art to promote harmony and peace in the region.
On this occasion, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar said that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan.
“We will never forget the love and respect which we get during the visit”, they added.