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Mehwish Hayat hits back at trolls complaining about her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz

Mehwish Hayat, who was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz on Pakistan Day, has hit back at trolls who have been calling out the actor as non-deserving of the award.

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi actor took to social media and said, “Debate all you like whether you think I deserve the award. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I draw the line when my character is questioned. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore & much more so often that it has stopped affecting me.”

She continued, “I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. To suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard-working women in our country. We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous.”

“But it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger. Last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me,” Hayat added.

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Though I didn’t want to, I feel that I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award. Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not – we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore and so many other fanciful names so often that it has stopped affecting me. However, to suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard working women in our country. We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous – but it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger . The last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me. Mehwish Hayat, Tamgha-e-imtiaz Photo by @akifilyasofficial #MehwishHayat #Tamghaeimtiaz #respect #nomoresilence 🤚

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The actor had been criticised in the days leading up to the ceremony as haters said she was undeserving of the civilian honour.

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