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Pakistani celebrities Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy have finally come out in defense of actress Mehwish Hayat who has received prestigious Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. Lately, Hayat has been garnering an unpleasant backlash on social media ever since the news of her nomination for Tamgha-e-Imtiaz rolled out.
Her selection for prestigious civil award became a contentious debate on social media as naysayers severely trolled her on social media and questioned her merit for the prestigious civil award. In spite of severe backlash, Mehwish Hayat was conferred with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan Arif Alvi on 23rd March, Pakistan Day.
Eventually, singers Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy defended Mehwish Hayat in their Twitter messages. They both called out her detractors who maligned her character and demeaned her achievement in a flair of anger and criticism.
Shehzad Roy tweeted, “Criticism on merit is ok but it’s about gender discrimination. Male artist r criticised about their work & capabilities, but criticism on women equals their character assassination. We never say that a “characterless “guy won n award. Veteran female actors have gone through this in past.”
Criticism on merit is ok but its about gender discrimination.Male artists r criticised about their work & capabilities,but criticism on women equals their character assasination.We never say that a “characterless”guy won n award.Veteran female actors hav gone through this in past
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) March 27, 2019
Ali Zafar hailed Mehwish Hayat’s appreciation at state-level and expressed solidarity with her. He said that whoever cherishes the achievements of others, God blesses him/her with things people envy. “Well done @MehwishHayat! May you and your family cherish this moment forever,” said Zafar.
“Jo insaan kisi doosre ki khushi ya kamyaabi mein khushi mehsoos kerta hai, to khuda usko us se nawaazta hai jise dekh ke doosre rashk kerein. Ye meri zindagi ka zaati tajarba hai. Azma ker dekhiye 🙂 Well done @MehwishHayat! May you and your family cherish this moment forever.” https://t.co/tWyi8m2QWV
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 25, 2019
Meanwhile, acknowledging the support from his colleagues Mehwish Hayat extended her warm regards for standing beside her. In her subsequent tweets, Hayat gave a befitting reply to her detractors.
“It is so refreshing to see that sane voices still prevail. I think that this is a watershed moment. The industry needs to come together and fight this abuse that we are all subjected to. Lets make something good come from it” Mehwish Hayat replied back to Shehzad Roy.
Social media needs to be policed in the same way as all other media in Pakistan. We as an industry, however, need to come together and raise awareness of cyber-bullying and the impact it is having on our society. Many have committed suicide because of this. This has to stop now! https://t.co/og0ui1P02V
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) March 27, 2019
In her reply to Ali Zafar, Hayat said, “Social media needs to be policed in the same way as all other media in Pakistan. We as an industry, however, need to come together and raise awareness of cyber-bullying and the impact it is having on our society. Many have committed suicide because of this. This has to stop now!”