Actress Mehwish Hayat on Wednesday responded to the slanderous campaign initiated by the Indian media against her that earlier this month that had linked Hayat with fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. She rejected the baseless accusations and slammed the Indian media for maliciously targeting her.
“I will not give credence to the unfounded accusations being made about me in some Indian media by issuing a statement,” she said in a tweet. “I know exactly what their agenda is & why they’re doing this. All I will say to them is that this kind of gutter journalism will not shut me up,” she added.
In another tweet, Mehwish said, “I will continue to highlight their atrocities in Kashmir and to call out Bollywood for its hypocrisy. Oh, BTW next time if you want to link my name with someone ..may I suggest Leonardo?”
I will continue to highlight their atrocities in Kashmir and to call out Bollywood for its hypocrisy. Oh BTW next time if you want to link my name with someone .. may I suggest @LeoDiCaprio ? 😁
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) August 26, 2020
Is Mehwish Hayat associated with India’s underworld don?
Numerous Indian media outlets had flashed the Hayat-Ibrahim headlines earlier this month. The unfounded claims by the Indian media implied that Dawood Ibrahim is in an alleged relationship with the Pakistani starlet. They even claim that Mehwish Hayat received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz due to her connections with Ibrahim, who according to them, is hiding in Karachi.
As the Indian media assumes Dawood Ibrahim is living in Karachi, they believe Mehwish Hayat is in close contact with Dawood Ibrahim, who helped her grow and establish in Pakistan’s entertainment industry. Zee News, an Indian media outlet, was the first one to peddle the slanderous news against Mehwish Hayat. Soon, other Indian media outlets also picked up the trend and ran unfounded headlines of an alleged relationship between Mehwish Hayat and Dawood Ibrahim.
The Indian media claims that Ibrahim uses his clout to back Hayat in movies and funds Pakistani films as well. They say Dawood Ibrahim is in close contact with several Pakistani producers and directors. Some media outlets even went on to say that Dawood Ibrahim is upset over reports of his relationship with Mehwish Hayat being exposed.
The Indian media says that several Indian internet users questioned the Pakistani government for honoring Mehwish Hayat with the prestigious Tamgha-e-Imtiaz despite her alleged relationship with Dawood Ibrahim. He is a fugitive Indian don who is accused of killing hundreds of Indians in the Bombay blasts of 1993.
Reports published in Zee News and DNA assert that Ibrahim took a shining to the actress after she appeared in an item number, Billi, from the movie Na Maloom Afraad.
— DNA (@dna) August 27, 2020
The Indian media outlet, however, did not cite credible sources to back the claims. However, other publications termed the news baseless and distanced themselves from the slanderous campaign.