Miss Information: Awan’s foot fracture shrouded in mystery

Published: January 26, 2012


Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan swapped her walking stick for a cricket bat over the weekend, prompting thoughts to return to her conspicuous foot injury.

Like off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s mystery delivery to English batsmen, Awan’s injury has proved baffling and elusive to the Pakistani population.

The nation had almost forgotten about Awan’s spot of bother, but on Sunday, when inaugurating the Benazir Bhutto Women’s Cricket Tournament in Lahore, the brave minister’s large walking brace was evident to all as she played at some easy-paced deliveries at the Gadaffi stadium. The footage aired on TV channels and has now been immortalised on YouTube.

The doctor-turned-politician is still recovering from an unconfirmed accident which left her with a foot fracture. Her own party colleagues have accused Awan of using the injury as an excuse for not defending the government as robustly as would be expected of an information minister. She even tendered her resignation after mounting pressure, but withdrew after calming down.

The cause of the fracture is unknown. Several versions have circulated.

One story reported in the media on December 8, a day after the injury was sustained, is that her official car had an accident while she was on the way to Islamabad from Sialkot, her hometown.

The second version, which emerged from her staff, is that Awan was in her personal car on the way to school function when the accident happened. According to this version of events, her driver also sustained injuries and the minister repaired her car at her own expense.

Speculation does not end here. The third account blames a high-heeled shoe. Apparently Awan slipped in her house and consequently injured her right foot. The minister walked with the prime minister to the Supreme Court on January 19 with a walking stick in her right hand. This has added to the confusion, as she has previously been seen with the stick in her left hand.

The minister has yet to offer her side of the story.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Doc Pollywood
    Jan 26, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Its probably osteoporosis. “Bhur bhuri hadion ki bimari” of low Vitamin D due to less sunlight exposure.
    PS: Limelight does not make your skin Vitamin D.


  • Anum
    Jan 26, 2012 - 11:23AM

    Like we care…


  • Ahmad
    Jan 26, 2012 - 1:18PM

    She MUST apologize to that chineses delegation who she forced to keep waiting for about 1-1/2 hour a few months ago. The delegation left without meeting her in protest.


  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 26, 2012 - 2:04PM

    Thank you for reporting this ET. I’ve spent so many sleepless nights thinking about Ms Awan’s foot. Is it hairline or multiple fracture? Is the foot deformed? Did it get bruised at all? Is Ms Awan in pain? What was the colour of painkillers that she took and how many sips of water she needed. Recommend

  • Ris
    Jan 26, 2012 - 2:35PM

    This is news?


  • Asad
    Jan 26, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Kudos ET…headline news it is…..let me check cnn and bbc as well if they covered this story


  • KCite
    Jan 26, 2012 - 5:44PM

    and for your information, this is Kinnaird College not Qaddafi Stadium.


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jan 26, 2012 - 6:44PM

    A little bird told me that Kashmala Tariq stepped on her toes.


  • Danyal
    Jan 26, 2012 - 7:04PM

    rmember you herd this first on ET


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