Pakistani actress hits back at 'haters' for malicious campaign

Pakistani actress hits back at haters for malicious campaign

Karachi - She was awarded a civilian honour by the president on Pakistan Day.

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Published: Wed 27 Mar 2019, 12:30 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Mar 2019, 3:32 PM

A Pakistani actress has hit back at an online malicious campaign against her after she was honoured with a civilian award on Pakistan Day (March 23).
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Mehwish Hayat finally broke her silence about being ridiculed for receiving the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, by posting a fiery picture post on social media, lashing out at critics and trolls.

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi star, who rose to prominence over the past decade for her powerful roles in dramas and movies, wrote:
"Debate all you like whether you think I deserve the award. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I draw the line when my character is questioned. I've been called a tawaif (courtesan), a ****, a ***** and much more so often that it has stopped affecting me. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. To suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard working women in our country.

Defending her fraternity, Hayat said: "We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous but it doesn't mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter. You don't know me!"
She concluded her note by thanking both her supporters and haters for 'making her stronger'
"Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger. Last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me."
Here's Hayat posing with her medal:

...and presenting it to her mother:
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An eight year old girl went to the PTV studios holding her mother's hand tightly. She was totally clueless about all the hustle and bustle going on around her. But she was equally fascinated by the lights, the cameras and the way in which everybody was hard at work including her mother who was an actress. Even as a child the wobbly sets amused her but she could see on the screens the magic being woven in that studio creating dreams for so many people. Yesterday that same little girl arrived at the Aiwan e sadr holding tightly on to her mother's hand equally bemused by her surroundings. That girl knows that she is blessed to be there receiving such a prestigious honour in the company of such distinguished people following in the footsteps of so many legends, so many of her own heroes. At heart she remains that simple little girl from Karachi who has been fortunate to live her dreams. Her journey from that PTV studio to the Awan-e-sadr has been a long one and by no means the easiest. But never in her wildest dreams did she see this recognition coming at such a tender age. Nor did she see the role she would go on to play in the revival of Pakistani Cinema and her contribution being acknowledged in this way...! Thank you to the Government of Pakistan and the President for bestowing this honour upon me and making the dream of that little girl come true. Today, I share this with all the other girls in Pakistan who have a dream, to them I simply say, "Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams turn into reality." Thank you also to all my family, friends and colleagues who have shared this wondrous journey and above all to all the fans who have supported me each step of the way and made me worthy of this award! ?????? #MehwishHayat #Tamghaeimtiaz ??#Medalofexcellence #pakistanzindabad ??
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