Superstar Mahira Khan has been appointed as a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
She has joined the UN refugee agency to speak up for the cause.
Khan shared the happy news on Twitter, saying: “Grateful and honoured to be a [UNHCR] Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan. Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years.”
Prior to this appointment, she visited Afghan refugees in Peshawar last year as part of a high-profile UN delegation.
She has also spoken up for the needs of more than 1.4mn registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan in media interviews.
Khan in the video shared by the UNHCR says: “Pakistan has set an example for the world, where a country has hosted refugees for the last 40 years. This is one cause (that) I feel so strongly about … this is something that I want to talk about, especially as Pakistan’s UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador.
“It was amazing to see despite the violence that they faced or the conflicts that they faced, they’re resilient people.
“They have defied all odds and they’re hopeful. They actually are all hopeful and from now on, all we have to do is not give up.”
She adds: “This cause is not limited to a country, and should not be limited to a country. So, I think first and foremost, there should be some sort of responsibility sharing.”
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