‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim issues apology after being trolled for meeting Mehbooba Mufti

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Kashmiri teenage girl Zaira Wasim, who has been receiving accolades for her performance as young Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan starrer “Dangal” took to social media on Monday to post an apology for meeting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Zaira Wasim and Mehbooba Mufti

Zaira, who shot to fame post the success of ‘Dangal’, met with Mufti on Saturday, 14 January 2017, after the latter praised her performance in Dangal. During the meet, the starlet spoke her mind on the importance of educating the girl child and women’s safety apart from other things.

However, the 16-year-old Kashmiri actress was trolled on social media when photos from the meeting emerged. Wasim took to Facebook on Monday, 16 January, to apologise for hurting the sentiments of fellow Kashmiris.

She has deleted her open letter in which she apologised for “unintentionally hurting” people after her meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, from her social media accounts. Without saying what she was sorry for, the actor wrote in her “open confession/apology” that she does not want anyone to follow in her footsteps or even consider her as a role model.

Zaira Wasim FB post

This is an open confession/apology. I know that many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met. I want to apologise to all those people who I’ve unintentionally hurt and I want them to know that I understand their sentiments behind it especially considering that what had happened over the past 6 months but I hope people can also understand there are certain circumstances that emerge which one cannot control and I hope people still remember that I’m a just a 16 year old girl and I hope you treat me accordingly. I’m sorry for what I did but it was not a deliberate decision and I really hope people can forgive me. There are few more things which are very important and I want to clear them as well. The first and foremost thing is that I am being projected as a role model for Kashmiri Youth. I want to make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me as a role model. I’m not proud of what I’m doing and I want everyone, especially the Youth to know that there are real role models out there whether they be in this time or in our history. To even consider me as a role model would be disgracing them and their disgrace would be OUR DISGRACE! I do not wish to start an argument here, this was a just a mere confession from my end which I really wanted people to know. May Allah bless us and guide us.

Zaira Wasim later made a second post and removed that one too. 

Zaira Wasim FB post

Regarding my last post, I have no idea why this has become such a big issue. I just wanted to make sure that I did not hurt anyone’s feelings and all of a sudden it has been turned into national news. Again and again I am telling people that I have not been forced into anything by anyone. This was post was not meant against anyone, just wanted to make sure that people were not hurt by what I was doing. From media to everyone else, please don’t blow this out of proportion. Neither was I forced nor am I against anyone. Hopefully this post just stops this once and for all.