As Chopra was taking concerns Saturday at BeautyCon, Ayesha Malik went up to the microphone and referred to as the Bollywood star a hypocrite for “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan” whilst serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
“So it was sort of really hard hearing you speak about humanity, simply because as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you happen to be a bit of a hypocrite,” Malik can be heard saying in a video of the incident
posted on Twitter. “You tweeted on February 26
, ‘Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.'”
“Jai Hind” is a slogan that translates to “Hail India,” typically applied in political speeches by Indian leaders.
“You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you happen to be encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There is no winner in this,” Malik stated. “As a Pakistani, millions of folks like me have supported you in your organization of Bollywood and you wanted nuclear war.”
The microphone was taken away from Malik toward the finish of her statement.
How Chopra responded
Chopra defended herself against Malik’s criticism, saying that “war is not some thing I am seriously fond of but I am patriotic.”
“Anytime you happen to be completed venting … got it, completed? Okay, cool,” the actress stated, just before launching into her response.
“So, I have quite a few, quite a few mates from Pakistan and I am from India, and war is not some thing that I am seriously fond of but I am patriotic,” Chopra stated. “So, I am sorry if I hurt sentiments to folks who do adore me and have loved me, but I believe that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to stroll, just like you most likely do as effectively.”
“The way you came at me suitable now?” Chopra stated. “Girl, never yell. We’re all right here for adore. Do not yell. Do not embarrass your self. But we all stroll that middle ground, but thank you for your enthusiasm and your query and your voice.”
Malik later addressed the incident on Twitter.
“Hi, I am the girl that ‘yelled’ at Priyanka Chopra,” she wrote
. “It was really hard listening to her say, ‘we ought to be neighbors and adore every single other’ — swing that guidance more than to your PM. Each India and Pakistan had been in danger. And as an alternative she tweeted out in favor for nuclear war.”
“It took me back to when I could not attain my family members simply because of the blackouts and how scared/helpless I was,” Malik continued in another tweet
. “She gaslit me and turned the narrative about on me becoming the ‘bad guy’ — as a UN ambassador this was so irresponsible.”
CNN has reached out to Malik for comment but has not heard back however.
Here’s the context behind the incident
In a tweet on February 26, Chopra appeared to be cheering an announcement from India that it had launched airstrikes in Pakistani territory.
The February 26 airstrikes triggered a retaliatory response from Pakistan, and resulted in a substantial escalation in hostilities in between the two nuclear-armed nations. India alleged it was targeting a terrorist camp, even though Pakistan disputed that claim and referred to as the strikes a political move by the Indian government.
India’s airstrikes came about two weeks following a deadly bomb attack on safety forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir, element of Jammu and Kashmir, a disputed area claimed by each nations in its entirety and which has been a supply of conflict for decades. India blamed Pakistan-primarily based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed for that attack, and accused Pakistan of possessing a “direct hand.”
Pakistan vehemently denied possessing a part in the bombing.
So why is Chopra’s tweet from February receiving renewed focus?
The hostile connection in between the two nations is back in the international spotlight following New Delhi moved to downgrade and reorganize the area of Jammu and Kashmir final week. Pakistan decried the move as illegal, announcing it will downgrade diplomatic ties and suspend bilateral trade with its neighbor.