Amidst rising tension between India and Pakistan following India’s cowardly strike on Pakistani territory, celebrities from both sides have responded to the current situation and while Bollywood stars have been cheerleading, Pakistani stars have shown the maturity and restrained which is the need of the hour.
Renowned Bollywood celebrities including Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar were quick to add fuel to the fire:
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 26, 2019
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 26, 2019
Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force… Jai ho !!!
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 26, 2019
Salute to the #IndianAirForce for their indomitable spirit in keeping our country safe! Let us all pray for their safety. Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) February 26, 2019
On the other hand, Pakistani celebrities shared a message of peace, by refusing to promote war:
War Does Not DEtermine who is right ..Only who is left
Say no to war🙏🇵🇰
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) February 26, 2019
For the record, I have a 20 year career exclusively from my Pakistani songs. I have nothing to gain from India nor am I on any payroll. But I know what matters in this world and that is peace and understanding. NO human life is worth losing.
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) February 26, 2019
It is supremely sad to see artists on both sides of the war propogating war, clashes, and hysteria.
Artists as a community throughout history were known to be a BRIDGE, to propogate peace by showing all humans to have the same emotions, feelings, concerns! #Pakistan #India
— manshapasha (@manshapasha) February 26, 2019
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 26, 2019
“There can be NO winners in war if we value Human Life at all.“
It’s time we understand this as humans.The media needs to take charge & stop being provocative. It’s our duty to inculcate peace & use our words for better & not worse.
Praying for peace always!
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) February 26, 2019
Peace is the only way forward. We love our country, we love our armed forces. Pakistan Zindabad 🇵🇰
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) February 27, 2019
What truly shocked Twitterati and Pakistani celebrities was UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra’s support of the air space violation. Priyanka has previously visited Rohingya and Syrian refugee camps as part of her partnership with UNICEF.
WHAT?!!! But aren’t you supposed to be a Good Will ambassador for @UNICEF? Screen shot this everyone and next time she speaks up for peace and goodwill. Let’s remind her of this hypocrisy. https://t.co/Jew88bMtYv
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) February 26, 2019
There are, however, some celebrities who feel that Pakistan should respond to the hate-mongering of India:
Never thought I’d say this since peace is foremost but I guess it’s time to retaliate. https://t.co/0SJt9Ts9lO
— Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb) February 26, 2019
Dear India, stop this Kambakhti in the shape of Desh Bakhti #Balakot
— Haroon Shahid (@HaroonsMusic) February 26, 2019
Earlier today, Pakistan retaliated and shot down two fighter jets of the Indian Air Force. The story is still developing.