The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed our Superstar girl Mahira Khan as their new goodwill ambassador for Pakistan. As a nation, we could not be more proud!
Goodwill ambassadors are some of the most recognizable public faces of the UN refugee agency. In a tweet after the announcement, Khan said she was grateful and honored to be a UNHCR ambassador for her country.
Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years
She added: "Pakistan has set an example for the world where a country has hosted refugees for the last 40 years… four decades. This is one cause because I feel so strongly about it, especially as Pakistan's UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador.
"It was amazing to see despite the violence that they have faced, or the conflicts that they faced, they're resilient people, they have defied all odds and they're hopeful. They actually are hopeful, and, from now on, all we have to do is not give up. "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," Khan added.
Before this appointment, she visited with 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 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan in media interviews.
Our Humsafar girl is going places, and we are super proud of all her achievements. More power to you Mahira!