Appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in Pakistan, Mahira Khan attended the recently held ‘Refugee Summit Islamabad’ that marked 40 years of Pakistan hosting Afghan refugees. Working with the UN Refugee Agency for some time, she addressed attendees at the event and also met the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
“I am so grateful and honoured that I get to use my platform and my voice for this cause. I am so glad I was chosen to do this,” Mahira posted on her social media after the summit. “More than that, it is such an honour to meet the refugees and share the stage with them. All the three girls on stage – Hina, Fatemah and Dr.Salima – have inspirational stories.”
Mahira Khan, who recently wrapped up shooting for her next film, Quaid e Azam Zindabad, also thanked the President of Pakistan (Dr. Arif Alvi) for providing her the opportunity. She posted a picture with Antonio Guterres from the summit and wrote, “Thank you President Dr.Arif Alvi for having me for the dinner hosted to mark 40 years of Afghan Refugee Presence in Pakistan. As the UN Refugee Agency National Goodwill ambassador for Pakistan, I welcome you to our country, Antonio Guterres. It was a pleasure meeting you.”
The UN Chief spoke at an international press conference called ‘40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity’, where he lauded Pakistan for being “the world’s second largest refugee-hosting country.”