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Mehwish Hayat defends her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, silences her critics

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Pakistani artist Mehwish Hayat has given a befitting response to her detractors who questioned her nomination for prestigious national award Tamagha-e-Imtiaz.

An intense criticism poured in on social media as soon the as her name was announced for Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. The commentators on social media questioned her achievements and the basis she was selected on. Hayat eventually retorted and said that she was a simple girl from Karachi who achieved success following her dreams through hard work.

While talking to several local media outlet, she said, “I’m an artist. It is not necessary that my work fascinates every single person who views it. I’m criticised as well. There is no harm in it. But, criticism that serves no other purpose than criticism itself, should be avoided.”

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“People, who are subjecting me to critique, should understand that the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is not owned by a certain private brand. Instead, it’s the government’s. An entire team of professionals is involved in brainstorming the process.” “I didn’t deprive anyone of their right. I support an award to everyone who is putting in good work,” she said.

Mehwish Hayat, in a separate interview to a popular media outlet, was asked about how she feels to be demeaned from people on social media after being nominated for the award. She said, “Whether I should be given this award or not is a very subjective matter and people are entitled to their opinions. However, when it comes down to making personal slurs and lewd insinuations that is crossing the line. “

“Why is it that the moment a woman, especially from our industry, wins something or is recognized for her achievements they are overlooked and doubts are cast on her character? I don’t see the men who have been awarded being questioned in the same way? Are women in Pakistan any less capable of contributing to the betterment of the country? I have stood for women empowerment on many platforms and this has shown that we have a long way to go,“ Mehwish said.

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Mehwish Hayat also lambasted a popular news website Siasat.pk that claimed that the nomination of the actress for Tamgha-e-Imtiaz has been the violation of the merit and that she is being only favoured for having personal relations with an important member of ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf Sindh. Siasat.pk, later on, deleted their tweet.

Mehwish Hayat slammed the website for defaming her and demanded a written apology otherwise, legal action will be taken against the website.