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Riz Ahmed, Jameela Jamil pull out of Gates event awarding Modi

Islamabad, Sep 17 Hollywood actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil have pulled out of the fourth annual GoalKeepers Award ceremony established by the Gates Foundation where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be awarded the ‘Global Goalkeeper Award by the the Bill and Melinda Gatesin the United States.

Modi is to be awarded for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan later this month.

Though no reason has been cited, it is being speculated that the decision was taken in response to the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir where an indefinite unofficial curfew and communication clampdown has cut Kashmiris off from the rest of the world .

However, both Jamil and Ahmed have not yet publicly cited any reason behind not attending the event.

Without citing any reason, Jamil tweeted, “As I’ve said before, when I publicly discuss world politics, especially when war is involved, I become the recipient of a multitude of death and rape threats. As a survivor, I cannot and will not endure that treatment, so I will not be commenting on any of this.”

The award ceremony, which is scheduled for September 25-26, is to go on as planned at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The annual awards, in five categories, are presented to leaders and individuals for their efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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