Mahira Khan as a Goodwill Ambassador
Mahira Khan, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2019, has appealed to the Pakistani government to maintain its support for Afghan residents in the country. Using images featuring the UNHCR logo, she urged the nation to ensure the safety of “our Afghan brothers and sisters in need.” The Pakistani government had set a deadline of November 1 for ‘illegal immigrants’ to leave the country, initiating the potential deportation of around 1.7 million ‘illegal’ Afghan immigrants and other undocumented foreigners. Following the expiration of the voluntary departure deadline, the government began detaining ‘illegal’ Afghan refugees in holding centers.
Minal Khan and Ahsan Mohsin Ikram joyfully introduced their firstborn, a baby boy named Muhammad Hasan. The ecstatic announcement was shared on Instagram Wednesday afternoon, revealing that the newborn arrived on Wednesday morning. The comment section of their post overflowed with well-wishes and congratulations from both friends and fans. This delightful addition to their family comes shortly after Minal’s twin sister, Aiman Khan, welcomed her second child, a daughter named Miral. Minal and Ikram, who tied the knot in September 2021 after an engagement in June of the same year, had revealed their pregnancy in August. Heartiest congratulations to the elated parents!
Ushna Shah’s Appeal
Actor Ushna Shah is urging people to actively discuss and advocate for Palestine, both online and offline. In an Instagram open letter, she highlighted the historical events of the 1948 Nakba and the ongoing struggles faced by Palestinians. Shah expressed concern about the silence that often follows crises and called for continued awareness and action. She emphasized the critical role of individuals, activists, artists, influencers, and voices in Pakistan to keep the discourse alive, despite challenges like shadow banning and algorithms designed to suppress pro-Palestinian voices. Shah urged everyone to use their platforms to shed light on the truth, emphasizing the importance of standing against the potential annihilation of a people, culture, and history.
Javed Sheikh and Aurat March
Despite six years of women clarifying the meaning of the slogan ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’ and highlighting the issues stemming from a lack of understanding of consent, individuals like Javed Sheikh remain resistant to comprehension. In a podcast with FHM Pakistan’s Adnan Faisal, the veteran actor expressed disregard for the concept of consent, reducing the slogan to a dismissive perspective, When questioned about his views on the Aurat March and the ‘my body, my choice’ slogan, Sheikh, while claiming respect for women, implied that women should conform to a certain undefined standard. He openly opposed the slogan without acknowledging its context, embodying a typical misogynistic stance.
Atif Aslam’s nice gesture
In a recent tour to USA, devoted followers of Atif, known as Aadeez, eagerly anticipate his live performance. Atif Aslam, with a repertoire of hundreds of songs throughout his career,enchanted audiences in various cities. During one of his concerts, he encountered a unique situation where an audience member threw money onstage while he was performing. Rather than reacting with anger or ignoring the incident, Atif chose to seize the moment as a teaching opportunity. Addressing the audience, he remarked, “I know you are rich, but this money could be put to better use.” He encouraged the fan to consider donating the money to a worthwhile cause instead of contributing it as a random gesture. Atif Aslam, once again, demonstrated not just his musical prowess but also a thoughtful and responsible approach to unexpected situations.
Tribute to Sharafat Ali Baloch
The renowned Siraiki singer, Sharafat Ali Baloch, met with a tragic end in a car accident near Pakka Ghanjera in Mianwali. The incident occurred recently, claiming the lives of seven individuals, including the singer and his younger brother. Reports and social media suggest that the accident resulted from the singer losing control of the vehicle due to excessive speed. The group, returning from a musical event, faced the unfortunate incident when their vehicle veered into a canal after losing control. Local rescue teams swiftly responded, successfully recovering the submerged vehicle and the bodies of all seven victims. The tragedy has left social media users and fans in mourning, expressing condolences to the families of the singers.
Ayeza Khan's decision
Ayeza Khan provides insight into her decision not to share updates on Palestine and the Gaza situation. While acknowledging the significance of prayers, she emphasizes the importance of utilizing one’s platform to raise awareness and advocate for those who may not have a voice. Despite her perspective, many of Ayeza Khan’s fans disagree with her. They believe that, especially in the current social media era, it is crucial to express one’s stance and lend a voice to those in need, particularly during times of crisis like the situation in Palestine. They argue that it is the responsibility of Muslims who have the ability to speak out to do so.