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26 Mar

Mehwish Hayat breaks silence on backlash for receiving Tamgha-i-Imtiaz

Mehwish Hayat

Unlike other countries in the world where their stars are celebrated, Pakistani stars are seldom appreciated for their recognition and Mehwish Hayat is no exception. After it was announced that Mehwish will receive Tamgha-i-Imtiaz at the Civil Awards ceremony on Pakistan Day, she received heavy backlash from people, questioning her credibility and the criterion on the basis of which she is being awarded. Mehwish has finally broken her silence and clapped back at the haters.



 

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Though I didn’t want to, I feel that I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award. Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not – we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore and so many other fanciful names so often that it has stopped affecting me. However, to suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard working women in our country. We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous – but it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger . The last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me. Mehwish Hayat, Tamgha-e-imtiaz Photo by @akifilyasofficial #MehwishHayat #Tamghaeimtiaz #respect #nomoresilence 🤚

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In her recent Instagram post, Mehwish expressed disdain about people accusing her character because she was chosen as a recipient.

“I feel I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award. Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not, we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions, I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be,” she wrote.

Read: Celebrities show support for Mehwish Hayat’s nomination for Tamgha-i-Imtiaz 

She added that although she has been called by many names in the past, claiming that she has “slept her way to this award” is an abhorrent slur not only for her, but all hardworking women of Pakistan.

“We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous but, that doesn’t mean we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations? You don’t know me,” she posted.

Mehwish received the honorary medal along with many other media personalities on March 23.

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