Priyanka Chopra Was Accused Of "Encouraging Nuclear War" During A Q&A And This Was Her Response

    "It was kinda hard hearing you talk about humanity because, as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you're a bit of a hypocrite."

    Priyanka Chopra was recently accused of "encouraging nuclear war" between India and Pakistan after she tweeted in support of the Indian Armed Forces back in February.

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    At a beauty event in Los Angeles over the weekend, Chopra was confronted about her tweet by a woman later identified as Ayesha Malik.

    Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces 🇮🇳 🙏🏽

    India and Pakistan have been in conflict for several decades over Kashmir, a territory which is claimed by both countries. Earlier this year, the Indian Air Force responded to a suicide car bombing that killed 40 security personnel in Kashmir by carrying out airstrikes on a "militant camp in Pakistani territory". The Pakistan Air Force then retaliated with airstrikes of its own, bringing the countries to the brink of war. At the time, Chopra tweeted "Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces" which translates to "Victory to India".

    "It was kinda hard hearing you talk about humanity because, as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you're a bit of a hypocrite," Malik said after being handed the microphone.

    Referencing Chopra's tweet in support of the Indian Armed Forces, Malik continued: "You are a Unicef ambassador for peace and you're encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There's no winner in this."

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    Before Malik could say anything further, the microphone was taken away. As she tried to continue without it, Chopra cut in, saying: "I hear you. Whenever you're done venting. Got it? OK, cool."

    "I have many, many friends from Pakistan," Chopra responded. "I am from India, and war is not something that I am very fond of, but I am patriotic."

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    Chopra continued to apologise if her tweet had caused offence, saying: "I'm sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me."

    "I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well," Chopra concluded. "The way you came at me right now? Girl, don't yell. We're all here for love."

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    Following the confrontation, Malik took to Twitter, accusing Chopra of gaslighting her and twisting the narrative to make her look like the bad guy.

    It took me back to when I couldn’t reach my family because of the blackouts and how scared/helpless I was. She gaslit me and turned the narrative around on me being the “bad guy” — as a UN ambassador this was so irresponsible.

    And tweeting videos of the encounter, Malik doubled down on her accusations.

    “Whenever you’re don’t venting”. Sorry, didn’t realize that speaking on a humanitarian crisis was “venting”

    Chopra has yet to publicly respond to the encounter and social media criticism, which has seen her called "incredibly condescending & arrogant".

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    BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Priyanka Chopra and Ayesha Malik for comment.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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