Media should be ‘ashamed of creating differences' among parties: Chohan

Punjab information minister annoyed by a journalist’s question on PTI govt’s performance

Our Correspondent January 08, 2019
Punjab information minister annoyed by a journalist’s question on PTI govt’s performance. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Annoyed by a reporter’s question, Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyaz Chohan on Tuesday said the media should refrain from asking “such questions that create misunderstandings between political parties” and play a sensible role.

The reaction came after a journalist, during a ceremony, inquired about the progress and achievement of the Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government in the province.

Referring to Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq’s statement, the reporter asked the provincial minister to respond to the claim that the government’s promise to develop Pakistan on the Riyasat-e- Madina’s model is ‘vague and hollow’.

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Irked over the question, the minister said the media should be ashamed and it should ask this question from the JI.

“As the PTI spokesperson in Punjab, if I am attending a ceremony organised in the memory of late Jamat-e-Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the media should avoid questions that can create misunderstandings.”

Following Chohan’s reaction, the media workers staged a protest against the rude conduct of the provincial minister and tried to surround his car when he was leaving the venue.

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Speaking at the event earlier, Chohan said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was bravely struggling against looters and thieves. He said that former JIP chief late Qazi Hussain Ahmad was a brave leader who struggled against corruption and corrupt individuals all his life. He said that the government will not spare corrupt individuals at any cost. "We are fighting against corruption to save the country," he added.

"No politician can become a leader without courage and bravery," the minister said. He stated that the prime minister was a courageous politician. Ahmad and his services rendered to the nation and democracy will be remembered forever, he added.


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