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Brangelina donate $1 million, win Pakistani hearts

June 21, 2009 17:36 IST

Pakistanis are writing reams to thank Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt for donating a million dollar to assist people displaced by the military operations against the Taliban in the country's northwest.

The celebrity couple made the donation through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which they established to assist in humanitarian crises around the world.

"As Pakistanis we thank them for this generous gesture. As Pakistanis let us also view this as a reminder of our own responsibilities to reach out to and assist our own," wrote Adil Najam on his website All Things Pakistan.

"Thank you, Angelina Jolie. For keeping this issue alive in the international media. Thank you, for making your donation at the right time - a time when attention had just begun to be diverted. Thank you, for reminding all of us - Pakistani or not - that this is a human crisis before it is a national crisis," he said.

"Even as our Pakistani heartstrings are pulled by the plight of the Swat IDPs (internally displaced persons) because they are our own, let us never forget the most important lesson of all - they, and all of us, are humans before we are anything else. Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for that reminder."

 'Other Pakistan', another popular website, decided to confer the 'Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan's Angel)' on Jolie.  The donation, for supposedly the most challenging humanitarian crisis of the past decade, is being discussed at other social networking sites too.

"Thank you for caring, understanding and supporting the displaced people of Swat Valley, Pakistan. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Zindabad!" wrote Shahid Mashedy on looktothestars.com.

But a handful of Pakistanis have dismissed Brangelina's donation as a public relations stunt. "I am kind of surprised by this post and all the thank yous. Thank you they are bombing us, trying to break the country they give you one million dollars and you have no minds or self-respect," wrote Wasim Arif.

A blogger named Ali jumped to Brangelina's defence.  "I admire this woman for not just her talents but also being aware of refugee problems, making them her cause in life and not picking Hollywood/Western-favorite PR causes like freeing Tibet or feeding the hungry in Africa," he wrote.

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