Dr Firdous: wedding crasher

Published: April 27, 2010

The writer is a columnist and hosts a show on FM 91

I have to say I didn’t know who Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan (federal minister for population welfare) was until I saw her have a go at Kashmala Tariq on TV. By having a go I mean accuse Kashmala of being a fallen woman in ugly terms. After hearing Dr Firdous speak on that occasion I am sure she could moonlight as a sailor in the merchant navy. Representing Sialkot, the lady doctor has managed to sully the reputation of the city as a birthplace for many writers and orators like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Allama Iqbal, Waheed Murad and others.

She fits in better with the more recent reputation of Sialkot for producing good bouncy footballs. As the minister for population welfare, her real job is to make sure couples get access to contraception. So it was only poetic justice that right after she asserted her moral superiority over Kashmala Tariq, a Nadra scandal emerged that she had two hitherto unknown ‘sons’ who had been human trafficked to Italy with her listed as their mother on their ID Cards. The case went nowhere, and neither did the promise of the prime minister to Kashmala Tariq that Dr Firdous would be censured for her tirade on TV.

You would think Dr Firdous would be making up for all these embarrassments by working harder in her ministry. Just go to the website of the ministry of population welfare and lo and behold, on the first page one of the most important pictures she has put up is of her attending Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza’s wedding. Luckily, she put it under Quaid-i-Azam, Zardari and Gilani’s photos so not to upset the apple cart of the pecking order. For a country expected to grow another 85 million people in 20 years (the size of several Karachis), she sure knows how to prioritise.

I was mildly interested in the Malik and Mirza union, but the uncalled for championing of the couple’s marriage by the erstwhile doctor put me off it. First of all, it’s not like there was Sania Mirza mania in the country long before Shoaib set his eyes on her. The same is true of Shoaib, he is no Imran Khan. The dazzle of this union is a media creation, not a grassroots sentiment. Sure some people enjoyed it, as they should, but not at the scale at which it’s been projected.

Deaths in Hazara and the murder of a young man listening to music in his hostel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, at the hands of the Islami Jamiat-i-Tulaba got far less airtime. In a mildly relevant move, Dr Firdous promised to give the newlyweds a birth control kit. But then she went on to gift a gold crown and reportedly a Sadequain from Zardari and Gilani, after flying to India to attend the celebrations. The time she spent on preventing one tennis star getting knocked up in India also saw an additional 50,000 women go the family way in the same one week in Pakistan. It’s all in bad taste.

Dr Firdous concedes she may not have been as happy if the woman in the couple were Pakistani and the groom an Indian. So why bother to pull wool over Indian eyes by trying to suggest this is some grand inception of ‘wedding diplomacy.’ Honestly, the people of Sialkot would have done better in electing Chacha Cricket as their MNA.

Reader Comments (60)

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 2:07AM

    hear! hear!Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 27, 2010 - 3:08AM

    Finally someone called Firdaus Ashiq what she actually is, a wedding crasher. I am still a little lost to learn that she actually is a doctor … what are they teaching in medical schools these days Recommend

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 3:33AM

    Good article…. all things I wished to hear since this drama unveiled is pretty much covered in this article, other important things getting less airtime, our so-called ‘star’ has been involved in infighting in Pak team and has himself admitted to fix a match in a local T20 tournament as he did’nt another team to qualify, but most of all the press this fFirdaus Awan is getting is aweful. This govt. has become a laughing stock thanx to people like her, never mind the Sadequain painting Mr.Gilani leaving the conference on loadshedding how to solve it gave his precious time to Adnan samia nd his 3rd wife and hosted a dinner for them. There should’ve been some action taken against her but I’m sorry to crack another joke as accountablity and Peoples Party have nothing in common.Recommend

  • Humera
    Apr 27, 2010 - 10:53AM

    It is indeed intriguing to see Ms. Firdous visiting India at the tax payers of Pakistan’s (people like us) expenses and on top of that when some one from the ARY news asked why didn’t she attended the Shoiab-Sania wedding at her own expenses. She obligingly replied that she was representing on behalf of the Pakistan Government.

    Well! here all countrymen are whining, complaining, crying and what not and here she/Government is spending people’s hard earned money over attending private marriage ceremony, This wastage of Government resources should stop. They should be answerable too.

    Did we really needed Ms. Ashiq Awan to go to the wedding?Recommend

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 11:31AM

    This lady is a blot of shame on the fair name of Sialkot & Pakistan but to an extent the fault lies in ourselves as well, today we curse politicians like Firdaus Ashiq Awan, Shumaila Rana or Munawwar Gill etc. but we conveniently ignore the fact that we are actually the ones who religiously pave their ways to the parliament.

    Awan hijacked the entire event to make a statement that she is closer to Shoaib than Sania herself. Her cheap tactics of presenting a crown, jumping into the controversy of Ayesha Siddiqui has further diminished her self esteem. Interestingly the same Shoaib Malik is banned by the Pakistan cricket board officially but on the contrary this lady has attended his wedding as a minister and gave him state guest status.

    I doubt if any Indian minister met to Awan during her ‘official’ visit to Deccan.

    Ps: Just want to get the facts straight, Waheed Murad was born in Karachi.Recommend

  • Rafay Malik
    Apr 27, 2010 - 12:09PM

    Tanzeel: Being born in Karachi or Sialkot doesn’t really matter.
    Waheed Murad’s father was from Sialkot and in one of his last interviews with Anwar Maqsod, Waheed proudly said that he IS a Punjabi. Google it!
    Video of the interview is available on Youtube.Recommend

  • Ifrah Mirza
    Apr 27, 2010 - 12:31PM

    Perfect! The article aptly covers our feelings, “the tax payers whose money was blatantly used”. I’m shocked at the audacity of the sitting minister to put up shoaib-sania wedding pictures on the website of the ministry she heads. Sounds like a kid who bumps into a celebrity and excitedly take pictures and shows them off.
    The sad part is, i never knew about the murder of the young man listening to music in his hostel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, at the hands of the Islami Jamiat-i-Tulaba.
    P.s Irrelevant but its kinda funny how in the beginning of the wikipedia article about Waheed Murad, the birth place stated is Sialkot, while later in the article it says Karachi. Recommend

  • rosysblue
    Apr 27, 2010 - 12:36PM

    niceRecommend

  • Anjum
    Apr 27, 2010 - 12:37PM

    Hi,
    The media shoaib sania match indeed does not merit the media hysteria its been generating. Its not as if Imran Khan is marrying Zeenat Aman. Now that would have been a match. But then you cant say much about our media. I was disgusted by the way they covered the recent series of bomb blasts in Lahore; “Aik aur dhamaka” “Aaj news Exclusive” and what not! If they are not clamoring over one another to be the first ones “breaking” the news, they are putting up pseudo intellectual hosts in political discussion programs to insult and badger their “respected” guests. It is baffling that the same people used to have such respect while talking to army dictators and their “parhay likhay” cronies. Heck, until recently even the Taliban were revered as holy men by our “modern” media. (Sorry for the over indulgence in apostrophes. cant seem to help it today)
    Coming to Dr Firdaus. Indeed her outburst at Kasmalla was regrettable. Indeed her manner is crass. But she did have a point. Regardless of through whichever route Kashmalla may or may not have come to the assembly, Ms Firdaus does have the two and a half lac constituency that she boasted about and she did win her seat in the open election. I don’t have to like her but I have to give her that much credit.
    The crass mouth doctor non-withstanding, I for one will always respect a paindu elected public representative than a posh choice of dictatorship.Recommend

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 1:13PM

    @Rafay

    I have just rectified the mistake made by Zaka that Waheed Murad was born in Sialkot. He was born and raised in Karachi as per sources (Do wiki/ personal life). I have no issues whether he was proud Punjabi, Makrani or XYZ.Recommend

  • ali raza
    Apr 27, 2010 - 2:16PM

    s——heee—-s—–heeeeeee—-s—–heeeeRecommend

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 2:41PM

    Dear Tanzeel,

    Waheed Murad was born in Sialkot.So I wil never trust Wiki… And he was a proud Pakistani… I will say.Recommend

  • Nuzhat.
    Apr 27, 2010 - 2:45PM

    You know what else got far less airtime because of the Dear Doctor’s wedding crashing shenanigans? The Environment Minister’s (a very underrated Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi) presence at the Environment Reporting Awards in Islamabad, which have been going on for eight years and encourage large organizations to be more proactive with their CSR activities and share their conservation efforts with their counterparts. It was held at the Serena Hotel, and what do you know, the media flocked Shoaib and Sania, and Dr F, and Mr Afridi was left to congratulate the socially responsible corporations (a rare thing) with WWF – Pakistan and ACCA on his own. Eh. Recommend

  • Apr 27, 2010 - 4:16PM

    CORRUPTION IS NO CORRUPTIOM FOR THE CORRUPTORS AND THE BEST PART IS NO ONE IS WILLING TO TAKE LEAD IN ERADICATION OF THE SAME.

    WE ALL ARE READILY AVAILABLE TO TALK ON THE SUBJECT, BUT NO ONE IS WILLING

    GOING WITHOUT INVITATION IS NO BIG SIN FOR THE CORRUPT MENTALITY

    ALL MUST STAND UP TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTIONRecommend

  • Rahim
    Apr 27, 2010 - 4:26PM

    Waheed Murad was born on Mars and was a proud Vulcan.Recommend

  • Tauseef Mallick
    Apr 27, 2010 - 5:28PM

    “She fits in better with the more recent reputation of Sialkot for producing good bouncy footballs.”..:P:P simply awesome DuDe… keep going Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Apr 27, 2010 - 7:09PM

    Dr. Firdaus is a typical example of our leadership. Doing everything other than their own Job….Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Apr 27, 2010 - 7:27PM

    This one is well written!Recommend

  • Omar Khan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:02AM

    What is it with Firdous Ashiq Awan? I don’t know why, but I cringe the minute she opens her mouth. I think some Pakistani Politician has a very subtle sense of humor in making Ashiq Awan a spokeswoman for Family planning. Her mere picture on the billboard is potent enough to make anyone loose his male virility She reminds me of a “Thanedarni” I once saw who can eat like a trucker and swear like a Sailor. With her thick very heavy accent I feel any minute she would burst into the “Sultan Rahi” Gandsa mode and just start bludgeoning everyone in sight. I understand the appearance is God made, but you have to acquire an obnoxious and a “Chopaya” (four legged animal) attitude on top of that to make yourself sound and look even more ugly? My God help women of Punjab if she is the role model for them.Recommend

  • abee
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:20AM

    true….true and true……..Recommend

  • Asfia
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:29AM

    You know whats so bloody sad?

    that dr. awan has so much immunity, look at the website: http://mopw.gov.pk/home.html

    even after an article like this, that offensive picture is still up there in the top section. any self respecting minister would have ran to take it down. Recommend

  • Asfia2
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:39AM

    Plus there is one other important thing, Dr. Awan alsomislead the people to legitimize her role in the wedding of shoaib, there is no evidence that either he or sania are willing to be population ambassadors. in fact, they have asked for so much money to benefit from the press that they asked for crores to air their wedding diana style, are they now going to get crores to use birth control that dr. awan will siphon off as well in a cut?Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2010 - 12:45AM

    Dr. Firdaus Ashiq Hai**n.Recommend

  • Zahoor khan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:04AM

    Dear Fasi,
    Hope u could remeber me from the old days. The young engineer who has been mercilessly murdered by the IJT student on a petty issue of listening to music was my brother in law. you r absolutey right that nothing has been done even said about the issue. This young final year engineer student was the son of a widow,and a husband to a six months old bride. His name was Adnan Abdul Qadir. At present there is no effort on the part of the government to arrest the culprits or assist the bereaved family in carrying out the due process of law. His friends has a group for him on facebook with plenty of his picture. you can see him. His loss is in true sense the loss of the human values.

    Zahoor khanRecommend

  • Pakistani Aaloo
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:13AM

    We elected them. Recommend

  • umair haroon
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:17AM

    Great article man , amusing also.
    Although I would warn you not to mess with her. Recommend

  • mahpara
    Apr 28, 2010 - 5:22AM

    Good article. My question is this why she is still in the ministry???
    she must be kicked out after such conversation. these so called educated are not eligible for any kind of job, how small is it. and somehow there is also our fault, because we really don’t know what our problem is. we do not follow the right pattern and lines, that what should we do in any field, wedr casting a vote, selecting a career or even discussing any topic same as above. the article was about firdous ashiq awan and in end we stick to waheed murad.
    keep it up fasi zaka
    best of luck.Recommend

  • Ijaz Khan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 5:53AM

    No fan of hers.But a cheap shot article. Tribune should try follow the standard of the paper it claims to emulate. The paper should try taking some good writers onboard & improve standard of its writings.Currently,its nothing much to write home about.
    IjazRecommend

  • Afra
    Apr 28, 2010 - 8:18AM

    Does she read your articles? Probably not… gate crashed the reception at PC too. Why was she chaperoning them? Do they not have anyone else to do? Or should I say does she have nothing else to do?Recommend

  • sultan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 9:44AM

    More like Wedding Crasher ***!!! oops CrowRecommend

  • ahsan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 10:41AM

    good one fasi! keep it up…! :-)Recommend

  • Samreen
    Apr 28, 2010 - 11:37AM

    Fasi, I’m loving you for choosing perfect words to write about people like Dr. Firdous. Excellent work!Recommend

  • Asad Hasnain
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:15PM

    firdous, what a insensitive lady.. is she a lady ?? Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Apr 28, 2010 - 12:50PM

    As Tanzeel’s written above Dr. Firdaus Ashiq has shown her background in that programme. Recommend

  • Addy
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:17PM

    maza aya gaya yar mast Fasi Recommend

  • Sabahat
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:20PM

    oh thankyou so much for this article!!! it gives my soul some peace!!! i have been on fire ever since her visit to India just to gift Sania mirza. and now she is everywhere in both the valimas here in Pak! I mean doesnt she have anything better to do? she is present at all events as if she is mother of shoaib malik!!
    who ever voted for her… plz open your eyes and see what she is….and there is no need of her to be in our politics!Recommend

  • DR. SAAD SALAHUDDIN KHAN
    Apr 28, 2010 - 1:24PM

    Fasi, dude u have a way with words. now tht the obligatory flattery is out of the way i just want to quote something i have always belived in

    “Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum”–Cicero

    translation: Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system!Recommend

  • Shararti Bachha
    Apr 28, 2010 - 2:54PM

    Waheed Muraad Was Born At Chaar Paai.not At SaialkotRecommend

  • shahzad
    Apr 28, 2010 - 2:55PM

    she iz obsessed wid indians yar……fassi bhai y r rite to a large extent….Recommend

  • Shairani
    Apr 28, 2010 - 3:39PM

    Good one Fasii! Recommend

  • Jamiluddin
    Apr 28, 2010 - 4:54PM

    Fasi, if someone was ever to beat you up, the suspect list should be in thousands by nowRecommend

  • Sundus
    Apr 28, 2010 - 7:16PM

    This is the correct link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lSFSf8yS5Y&feature=related. here you can see dr. firdous saying things like heera mandi. its true kashmala tariq is no saint politician, and what makes dr. firdous better is she is an elected official, but still it gives no righ to the dr. to speak the way she did. if the ppp wnts to at least get a better profile in the eyes of everyone who voted for them, why not make some kind of public move to show that they care by asking what the dr. is doing in her ministry.

    my daughter aint going to fatima medical college if this is what they produce.Recommend

  • KM
    Apr 28, 2010 - 8:33PM

    No use whinning over blogs … get on the road to get rid of such quacks, or else of us should shut up and enjoy while these creatures bash up our national treasury for their own personal pleasures.Recommend

  • Jamiluddin
    Apr 29, 2010 - 7:24AM

    You do know that Dr. Firdous is a replacement to keep the nation happy with her antice, after wasi zafar the ppp needed someone of the same caliberRecommend

  • Apr 29, 2010 - 1:26PM

    fasi,

    one thing be noted all are HIS MASTERS VOICE

    hope all wont mind showing MIRROR to some more groovy faces, we are forced to see daily.

    as it will not be gibat, as it would tanamount to public reading and online face commentsRecommend

  • Apr 29, 2010 - 1:29PM

    km means business, sooner or later all have to come out today no one cares for us rulers or opposition. things are pretty bad, arent they?????? where to go???? Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Apr 29, 2010 - 3:43PM

    Hilarious and slick as expected from the author. The nation has more issues to worry than Shoaib-Sania reunion. The student who was killed in his hostel for listening to music by a terrorist student organization did not even get ample airtime. We need to highlight these issues more to make people aware of the hostilities of extremist ideologies so that more and more people begin to refute them.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 29, 2010 - 3:57PM

    I miss seeing Chacha cricket on TV…whatever happened to him?Recommend

  • aisha
    Apr 29, 2010 - 8:31PM

    This lady is a little crazy…never seen such an attention seeker on this level…and with the Gold Crown, she went too overboard!

    But as one of the comments above points out, we elected…or let her be elected by not exercising our right to vote…sigh…Recommend

  • K khan
    Apr 29, 2010 - 9:55PM

    The lady Federal Minister remained attached with the sonia-shoaib marriage as if this was an govt event, although this was not. No body liked the manner she remained attached. She was and is supposed to attend the problems coming under the purview of her Ministry. I think she has no interest with her Ministry as she appears day and night on TV shows. This goes to show how much spare time she has for such activities.
    I hope everything is in the notice of PM who is trying to reform the society in many ways.Recommend

  • James
    Apr 30, 2010 - 1:04AM

    @k khan

    I hope u are being sarcastic , but I doubt you are. Dr firdous exists because of that spineless and corrupt pmRecommend

  • Asad Mehmood
    Apr 30, 2010 - 11:17AM

    fasi thanks for writing about this irritating lady which many of the poeple around might think of her.
    the website http://mopw.gov.pk/home.html is as hilarious as this lady is. i checked my browser twice to confirm if i have not opened this galling ms. population’s facebook page; loaded with her own pictures to show her goosy ministry’s endevours !
    such a stupe !!!Recommend

  • adeel azhar
    Apr 30, 2010 - 4:43PM

    “Pakistan Khappy” by-product!Recommend

  • Shoaib Khan
    May 1, 2010 - 1:30PM

    Nice article, I hope it does touch the minds of our politicians.
    Looking forward to a brighter Pakistan.

    Have a nice dayRecommend

  • May 1, 2010 - 5:43PM

    The woman is a disgrace to the city.

    Zaka ,

    You are better at writing serious stuff. Satire is not your cup of tea. Like reading this article.Recommend

  • Tayyab
    May 1, 2010 - 8:55PM

    Tell me something new about these politicians …. duh !!! Recommend

  • uzair
    May 2, 2010 - 4:04PM

    WOW!Recommend

  • Uzma Shuaib
    May 4, 2010 - 7:18PM

    Wonderful article!
    I don’t Know why the media hasn’t condemned her more! They are always critical of the Politicians but this lady got away!! Sad ! what she is doing to the tax payers money.Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 7:12AM

    That is absolutely genius.Recommend

  • Usmann Rana
    May 5, 2010 - 10:40PM

    Firdous the football should have been kicked out of the meical college right in her first year…i believe this article must be mailed to Kashmala Tariq..atleast it could be of some relief to the poor lady after her on air humiliation…If I were Kashamala I would have replied her so good that she would have self-censored herself,not the prime minister…Recommend

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