UN backs Priyanka Chopra over ‘Jai Hind’ tweet

Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has found herself under fire when she tweeted ‘Jai Hind’ after Balakot airstrike.

The actress tweeted, "Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces," followed by emojis of the Indian flag and namaste.

Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari wrote this week to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore demanding removal of Priyanka’s as a Goodwill ambassador accusing her of "jingoism and support" for the Indian armed forces.

However, UNICEF defended PeeCee for her personal views.

"When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them," Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at his daily briefing on Thursday in answer to a question about Chopra.

"Their personal views or actions do not necessarily reflect those of UNICEF," he added.

But, he said, "When they speak on behalf of the UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF's evidence-based impartial positions."

About their role, he said, "The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals who have agreed to generously volunteer their time and their public profile to promote children's rights."