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Hollywood star and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has said the flood disaster in Pakistan should be a “wake-up call” for the world regarding climate change, calling for more international aid after meeting with victims. While the fans were overjoyed by Jolie’s presence in Pakistan, they felt betrayed as a number of Pakistani artists were off to Canada for the HUM Award show. 

“I’ve never seen anything like this,“ said Jolie, who previously visited Pakistan to meet the victims of the devastating 2010 floods and a deadly 2005 earthquake, in footage released on Thursday. “I am absolutely with you in pushing the international community to do more… I think this is a real wake-up call to the world about where we are at,“ she told a meeting of civil and military officials in the capital Islamabad. “Climate change is not only real and it’s not only coming, but it’s also very much here.”

‘Getting priorities right’

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Jolie’s visit to Pakistan raised some concerning questions when it came to the stance of our local celebrities. While the Wanted star has been visiting flood-hit areas, the likes of Sharmila Faruqi and former actor Noor are calling out Pakistani artists for making a trip to Canada to attend a local award show.

Sharing a collage of pictures from Jolie in Dadu and local artists in Canada, Faruqi penned, “Here is Angelina Jolie visiting our worst flood-affected district Dadu, spreading love & hope, and appealing to the international community to come for our help. In sharp contrast to this, our Pakistani shining stars are all in Toronto for awards, making merry and ready for some scintillating performances.”

She went on to add, “Not a single one of them even bothered to visit any flood-affected area or show any solidarity in cash or kind except for Hadiqa Kiani. Though I truly believe in cultural activities, award shows, performances, etc, promoting our talent and our artists and actors are second to none. But It would have been great support if all of them had reached out to their fellow countrymen who have lost their homes, lives and livelihood to the devastating floods.”

Adding how “there is a time for everything, to celebrate, to mourn”, the PPP leader added, “We have a humanitarian crisis in our country, this is the time to stand by them, with them, to hold, support and love them. Each one of us has a responsibility towards our nation and its people who have given us so much. It’s payback time.”

Noor, too, shared similar sentiments. “Watching Angelina Jolie visit Pakistan is embarrassing when our so-called celebrities, who reach every mall and dance on every street for promotional events of their upcoming projects, are nowhere to be seen. Hadiqa Kiani and Resham are exceptions,” shared the former actor.

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“Stop following these fake celebrities,” Noor concluded.

Some Twitter users too called out the celebs for flying to Canada. “Angelina Jolie is better than all paki celebs,” a user shared. “Our so-called celebs are so in discord with what’s happening in Pakistan. A few years back none of them voted in elections because they were attending awards in Canada. This time, half the country is drowned in floods and they chose some Hum TV awards.”

Another added, “We have Angelina Jolie visiting flood-affected areas to raise awareness about the devastation and then we have our local celebs who have gone to Canada for Hum awards apparently. Priorities. Sigh.”

One tweep shared, “Angelina Jolie is in Pakistan on a relief mission for the flood victims. Whilst Pakistani celebrities are in Canada for some award shows. Priorities. Btw, Pakistani celebs who diligently attended Imran Khan jalsas are yet to visit a flood relief camp.”

Another user added, “Angelina Jolie is in Pakistan to support flood victims while our celebs are travelling to Canada for a freaking awards show.”

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Relief work for flood affectees

However, it is pertinent to mention here that Hum TV had previously announced a percentage of the ticket sales would be donated to the flood affectees. 

It is also important to add that several local artists have contributed to the flood relief mission. Hadiqa Kiani has been helping with her Vaseela-e-Raah campaign to provide goods to the affectees and rebuild flood-hit villages. Anoushey Ashraf, Natasha Baig, Dino and Azekah Daniel, too, visited Sindh and Balochistan areas to raise awareness of the severity of the situation. 

Apart from this, Uzair Jaswal’s concert in Islamabad was arranged so funds could be sent to the victims. Mohsin Naveed Ranjha, HSY among other designers have shared a sum of their latest collections with the relief fund. Meera and Hira Mani arranged shows to raise funds for the flood relief campaign. 

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Jolie’s visit to Pakistan

Jolie said that the flood devastation in Pakistan was a wake-up call for the entire world. “Climate change is not only real and it is not only coming, it is here,” she warned. “Even as somebody who has been in humanitarian aid for many years we think of crisis on how to solve it and what can we do in order to help rebuild or help the children. Now we’re in a situation like this where the needs are so great and truly every effort means life or death for so many people.”

“I’ve seen the lives that were saved but I’ve also seen… I’ve been speaking to people and thinking that if enough aid doesn’t come they won’t be here in the next few weeks… they won’t make it,” she added.

Jolie said that she is in Pakistan as a friend. “I will return and continue to return and my heart is very, very much with the people at this time,” she further said. She urged the international community to send more aid to help flood victims in Pakistan. “I keep thinking that if more help does not come quickly, they will not make it.”

The Express Tribune has reached out to Hum TV PR representative for a statement but couldn’t get a response. 

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Mahira, Frieha among others condemn Sara Bibi’s brutal murder

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Senior journalist Ayaz Amir’s daughter-in-law, Sara Bibi, was allegedly murdered in Islamabad’s Chak Shehzad suburb, police said on Friday. The 37-year-old was living at a farmhouse in the area where she was found dead Friday morning. Reportedly, she was murdered with a dumbbell and her husband, Shah Nawaz, is the prime suspect in the case.

The news shook celebrities and Twitter to the core, where many expressed shock and anger. “How long before we get any sort of justice for any woman who has been killed at the hands of rage and privilege. Another hashtag. Another long wait for justice. Justice delayed is justice denied,” Mahira Khan tweeted. 

“No country for women!” PR mogul Frieha Altaf wrote. “Another daughter-in-law, another Noor. The cases that are high profile make it to Twitter trends. The 12-year-old raped/hung just gets a column on page 5 and yet the horror of domestic abuse, misogynistic behaviour and harassment doesn’t stop.”

Zunaira Inam Khan commented, “Another day, another woman lost to senseless violence. Such a terrible shame. When will be able to stop having to change the name at the end of the “justice for…” hashtag? Also, please stop sharing the pictures of the murder victim. Let her have dignity in death.”

Twitter users, too, condemned Sara’s brutal murder. 

Police and investigation teams reached the crime scene and the journalist’s son was arrested after earlier fleeing from the crime scene. However, the police have said that the FIR will be registered after an investigation has been conducted. “The incident is being investigated,” a police spokesperson said while reserving further comments.

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Emraan Hashmi can’t wait for Humaima Malick’s performance as Daro

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Actor Humaima Malick recently shared her fiery look from the upcoming Fawad Khan-starrer, The Legend of Maula Jatt, scheduled for release on October 13, 2022.

The Bol star can be seen clad in black shalwar kameez, with a red dupatta draped over her shoulder and dark kohl eyes. Her bold look is accentuated by the knife in her hand. Humaima garnered massive praise for her unique look in the Bilal Lashari directorial. And from of course across the border too!

Indian actor Emraan Hashmi, who has previously worked with the star in the 2014 Bollywood film Raja Natwarlal, praised her look on Instagram. “Love the look Humaima. Looking forward to your stellar performance,” he commented on her post, alongside a thumbs-up emoji.

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Earlier, Mahira Khan, who also stars in The Legend of Maula Jatt, received ample love for the film’s poster she revealed of herself on Instagram. The likes of Asim Raza, Sohai Ali Abro, Sanam Saeed, Sanam Jung, Ayesha Omar, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Nabeel Qureshi and Imran Abbas among others took to social media and commented on her post.  

However, there was one comment that caught everyone’s attention and it was from Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan. The War star took to Mahira’s Instagram post and penned, “Love this.”

Humaima has long faced criticism regarding her choice of agreeing to bold characters and intimate scenes, particularly referring to her Bollywood stint. Addressing the hatred earlier, she said, “I made myself strong with the thought that ‘talent has no religion’. It was just a role.” While the Akbari Asghari star understands how kissing on-screen hurt her fans’ sentiments, she does not appreciate the harsh comments hurled at her for essaying the role of a bar dancer in Raja Natwarlal. 

“There was a lot of hatred for me when I performed the role of a bar dancer. I did a lot of hard work to play this role as this culture is not there in Pakistan. My director took me to various bars and I observed the body language of those dancers. It’s a very tough job they are doing and I have immense respect for them,” she said, explaining the efforts that went behind the role.

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Ahsan on artists being criticised for ‘not helping flood victims’

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Actor Ahsan Khan has something to say about the ongoing criticism on actors flying out of the country for an award show in time of a national emergency. 

“It goes without saying that all efforts in personal and professional capacity have been ongoing and shall continue towards the flood relief drive. A percentage of my hosting here will also go towards the same flood relief,” the Udaari star shared in a statement. 

He added, “However, I want to clearly state that we need to understand and start treating people’s professions with the same respect that is bestowed upon other industries. We aren’t questioning why a textile person or any other segment is going to work during the tragic situation in our country, yet actors are being asked why they are attending the event. Think about that for a second. Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Previously, several artists including Ushna Shah addressed the matter. “It’s quite disconcerting to read the criticism for those of us who have come to Toronto to attend the award show. It is imperative that those affected by the floods know that they are not forgotten and we are working on the channels to raise funds through our industry,” the Habs actor wrote in a descriptive note. 

She added, “I can speak for myself and I am sure many other artists when I say that we have contributed to the relief funds (privately) and continue to do so. We are also partaking in auctions and fundraisers here for the victims, tickets for which have been sold out. We are trying to do our best we can with the platforms we have. I look forward to returning to Pakistan and to continue my part, as the rehabilitation of our fellow citizens after their horrific disaster is our collective responsibility.”

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