Sharmila Faruqi criticizes celebrities who attend the Hum TV Awards instead of visiting flood areas!
The PPP legislator’s comments come after a number of Pakistani celebrities reached Toronto, Canada to participate in Hum TV’s flagship awards ceremony.
Sharmila Faruqi shared clicks from several celebrities in Canada for the Hum TV Awards, interspersed with photos of Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visiting a floodplain in Pakistan in her latest Instagram post.
Sharmila Faruqi shared photos from Jolie’s trip to Pakistan, where she met several people affected by the floods, writing: “Here is Angelina Jolie visiting our hardest hit district of Dadu, spreading love and hope and appealing to the international community to come for our help.”
“On the other hand, our Pakistani shining stars are all in Toronto for Hum TV awards, merry and ready for some scintillating performances,” she added while posting photos of Hania Aamir and Farhan Saeed in dance practice, Saboor Aly, Nomi Ansari, Iqra Aziz and Adeel Hussain at the Edge Walk at the CN Tower in Toronto and Urwa Hocane at the dance practice.
“None of them even bothered to visit a flood-affected area or show any solidarity in money or kind, except Hadiqa Kiani, because someone really believes in cultural activities, awards ceremonies, performances, etc. Our artists and actors are second to none,” she wrote.
“It would have been a great help if all of them had contacted their compatriots who have lost their homes, lives and livelihoods due to the devastating floods. There is a time for everything, to celebrate, to mourn… we have a humanitarian crisis in our country, this is the time to stand with them, with them, to hold them, support them and love them to keep. Each of us has a responsibility to our nation and its people who have given us so much. It’s payback time,” Faruqi added.
For those not served:
- Jolie is the Special Envoy to the UN Refugee Committee and the UNHCR, and has served as a goodwill ambassador to the Committee for 11 years.
- Hadiqa Kiani, the popular singer turned activist, has been campaigning very actively for donations for her charity organization Vaseela. She recently announced that she would “adopt” and rebuild villages in Sindh and Balochistan.
And to be quite honest, whatever our political choices may be, this PPP leader’s words turn out to be very reasoning.
Each of us has a responsibility to our country, while HUM TV has already announced that it will donate a portion of the Hum Awards ticket sales to flood relief, but this extravagant affair looks unpromising in these desperate times.
When the world leaders push to do more for Pakistan in this critical time, our own celebrities must engage in entertainment activities.