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Priyanka Chopra's tweet on IAF air strike irks Pak fans, petition filed seeking her removal as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Priyanka Chopra Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 04, 2019, 08.11 AM (IST)

An online petition has been started in Pakistan demanding Priyanka Chopra's removal as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. People in Pakistan have been irked after actress congratulated the Indian Air Force for the recent air strike across the Line of Control in the neighbouring country. The petition has so far got over 3000 signatories. 

On 26th February, the actor had congratulated the IAF after several fighter jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s terrorist camp at Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The strike came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the 14th February suicide attack by Pakistan-based JeM that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

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"Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces," Chopra wrote on Twitter.

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The petition on the online platform Avaaz seeks her removal from the post as she did not stay "neutral".

"War between two nuclear powers can only lead to destruction & death. As goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, Priyanka Chopra was supposed to stay neutral and peaceful but her tweet in favour of Indian arm forces after they invaded Pakistan airspace shows otherwise. She doesn't deserve this title anymore (sic)," the petition read. 

Chopra was appointed as the global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016.

The petition, which tagged the UN and UNICEF, had received over 3,519 signatures -- out of a 5,000 mark -- till the time this report was filed. 

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On 26th February, the actress had congratulated the IAF after several fighter jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s terrorist camp at Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.