With the call to wave white flags in support of healthcare workers on the front lines in this war with coronavirus, our celebrities also rose to the occasion to offer their support.
Many pledged to not just extend support via social media, but also made donations and sent out calls for money to put together for ration packets for those affected severely by the crisis.
Singing sensation Atif Aslam took it upon himself to film a video for YouTube, with important messages for the general public. He also took to Instagram to post the video with a lengthy caption thanking people whose work falls under ‘essential’ work and have to work despite the risks involved.
“Thank you to the paramedics, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who are tirelessly and fearlessly working at the front line of this crisis, risking their own health every second,” he wrote.
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I am aware that we are living in what is perhaps the most confusing and uncertain time of our lives, but let’s take a moment to thank all those heroes who are ensuring our safety right now. Thank you to the paramedics, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who are tirelessly and fearlessly working at the frontline of this crisis, risking their own health every second. Thank you to the cleaners whose work is literally saving lives everywhere around the world. Thank you to those producing, delivering, and selling food during times when their job is the most demanding it has ever been. Thank you to the government and official authorities who are faced with some of the most challenging decisions in these unprecedented times. They have to make choices – about situations no one in the world is sure about – knowing the entire responsibility of the consequences lies on their shoulders. Thank you to the army for helping maintain order and discipline in this time of panic and chaos, and for always ensuring the best of the country. And thank you to every single person who is paying heed to the given directives: staying inside their home, being hygienic, staying calm, and responsibly playing their role in fighting this pandemic. Most importantly, This is a true test of our compassion. We should be thankful to Allah for every blessing that we have. Be kind and generous to those around you and look after those who have been hit the hardest by this crisis.
He also thanked cleaners, to those producing, delivering, and selling food, to the government and army, and also those who are staying home.
Sports star Wasim Akram also took to Instagram to share a photo of his family, proudly holding a white flag in his hand in honour of doctors, nurses and paramedics.
“Big salute to all the heroic Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and medical at the front line fighting for us. #HumainTumSePyarHai,” he wrote.
Singer Ali Zafar posted a call for donations on his Instagram. You can donate Rs. 3,000 for a ration hamper for someone in need.
“In these testing times, it is most important that we use all our resources to help those who have none. Nobody should go hungry in the lockdown,” wrote Ali.
Meray Paas Tum Ho co-stars Humayun Saeed and Adnan Siddiqui who are currently under quarantine together after returning from the US also presented their support.
“We salute all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and health officials who are at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus,” Humayun wrote, urging people to come out on their terrace to wave a white flag in their honour.
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We salute all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and health officials who are at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus. Let us all show them lots and lots of love and convey our appreciation to them tomorrow, Friday March 27th, 6PM by coming out to our terraces and rooftops and waving a white flag. Pakistan Zindabad!
The caption was accompanied with a video where the two call healthcare workers a messiah for the nation in these trying times.
Actor Resham heeded their call and posted a video of herself on her terrace with a white flag in her hand, singing ‘Humain tum se pyar hai’ (We love you).
In such a time, it is imperative for celebs to use their platforms to propagate important messages and it is heartening to see our celebs doing the needful.