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Shaniera Akram was among many celebrities who came under fire for supporting University of Lahore’s students, who were expelled after their proposal video went viral.

“We can’t just hold the culture card and then when we want to play it,” said Shaniera.

Photo: Instagram/Shaniera AkramShe posted a series of stories on Instagram, calling out her detractors for “hypocrisy and ignorance”.

“Can everyone stop throwing me under the bus here?” said Shaniera. “You have to understand that I have been brought up in a different country and see things a little differently.”

Photo: Instagram/Shaniera AkramShaniera remarked there are reports of honour killings, children being abandoned in garbage and abuse in Pakistan, which is not the culture here but “it still happens”.

“Spread love, not hate,” she said.

Actor Mansha Pasha came out in the couple’s support and hoped the university would revise its decision.

People ask and even demand public hangings but are not ok with public displays of affection.
The fact that we are okay with viewing a violent act publicly but not a couple hugging says a lot.
Hope they are reinstated. And that we, as a people, adopt some gentleness. https://t.co/AmA2D0dd3B
— Mansha Pasha (@manshapasha) March 17, 2021

Last week, the University of Lahore expelled two students after their video, showing the girl proposing to the boy on campus, went viral. The couple embraced after the boy accepted her proposal.

Abdul Gh Lone