Mahira Khan recently penned her experience of meeting Afghan refugees in Karachi in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Taking to Instagram, the Raees actor revealed two of the youngest refugees there were big fans of Bollywood star, Varun Dhawan.
“These two boys followed me around the whole time,” Mahira wrote. “They hadn’t watched any of my films but they insisted they knew someone called Raja. They said ‘Raja hero hai!’. We kept trying to guess who they are talking about.”
“Finally they sang a song from Varun Dhawan’s film. They also said they want to be like him. Told them one day In sha Allah they will be,” the starlet added.
To this, the Judwaa 2 actor promptly responded, “That’s so amazing that you’re doing this work. I saw the video and it brought a big smile on my face. Sending lots of love!”
He also thanked Mahira for sharing the video.
“A lot of times my job has allowed me to witness days and moments that humble me,” the 33-year-old star wrote in another post. “Today was one of those days. Today I’m also proud to say that my country is one of the most generous countries of the world.”
“The Government and people of Pakistan – with the support of the international community – have been generously hosting Afghan refugees for nearly forty years,” the Humsafar star continued.
“Since 2002, around 4.3 million Afghan refugees have returned back to Afghanistan under the largest voluntary return programme in the world. The UN refugee agency has been closely working with the Government of Pakistan and other partners to ensure that the rights of refugees are fully protected. Pakistan continues to host 1.39 million Afghan refugees.”
“You may ask, why should we care? We must care because more thanhalf of the refugees are kids. A lot of them came unaccompanied, without their mothers or fathers.. a lot of them were even born here. They are our future, every child in the world is,” she added.
“No one chooses to be a refugee. No one chooses to leave their home,” concluded Mahira.
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