Mahira Khan recently started working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to go out and meet Afghan refugees who are present in Karachi.
The star posted a couple of photos from her day out in the field where she met several Afghan refugee children and enjoyed her time with them.
She also posted a heartfelt message explaining why it is important that as a Pakistanis we should care about these children and their parents.
A lot of times my job has allowed me to witness days and moments that humble me. 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. 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 than half 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.
No one chooses to be a refugee. No one chooses to leave their home. –Mahira Khan
Varun Dhawan sent his love and appreciated the efforts
During her visit, Mahira Khan shared an interesting story of two young boys who were singing a song from Bollywood star Varun Dhawan’s film.
These two boys followed me around the whole time. 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 @varundvn ‘s film. They also said they want to be like him.
Told them one day inshAllah they will be – Mahira
Upon reading this, Varun Dhawan sent his love and appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani actress.
That’s so amazing that you’re doing this work @mahirakhan. I saw the video and it brought a big smile to my face. Sending lots of love, thank you for sharing. – Varun Dhawan