Pakistani actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Facebook account was banned by Facebook after he posted a status in support of Burhan Wani, deceased Kashmiri leader. The post itself was taken down while Facebook restored his account later. Recently, Hamza’s Ramazan transmission for Aaj TV was banned after he expressed his liberal views on the Ahmadiyya community.
Abbasi’s admiration for Wani came at a time when severe repression is underway in the disputed valley of Kashmir by Indian forces against Muslim-majority and media. Many countries including Pakistan had condemned the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani.
Hamza claimed in a Tweet: “My FB account deactivated for talking abt KASHMIR. #Kashmir #FreeKashmir #RIPFreedomOfExpression”
Here’s a screenshot of his post:
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani’s star has been in the news for many controversies. He’s not one of those actors who give diplomatic answers to avoid ugly circumstances later. Unlike others, he has always stood next to his statements. All thanks to his unyielding outlook over social and political issues.
Hamza shared with media: “I just think for an organisation which claims to bear the flag of freedom of expression, this is sheer hypocrisy. I will keep raising my voice for our Kashmiri brothers and sisters, that is If I get access to my account again!”
He added: “I will keep raising Kashmir issue rather than waste my time on trying to talk to Zuckerberg. They made this platform, they can have policies of their choice. And as long as I have access to their platform, I too will keep using it to raise issues like Kashmir”
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