Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan made headlines again on Thursday after footage of her getting into a physical altercation with PPP MNA Qadir Khan Mandokhail went viral on social media.
The incident occurred when the two appeared on Express News talk show, Kal Tak, hosted by senior journalist Javed Chaudhry. What started as a discussion about the government’s performance and excessive load shedding in parts of the country, turned into a shouting match between the two over the recent train collision in Sindh’s Ghotki district which claimed the lives of more than 60 people.
Things started to become heated when the PPP leader mentioned Awan’s comments about the train tragedy; in a press conference shortly after, she had allegedly said that “by the Grace of God” this was the first train accident during the PTI’s rule.
یہ ٹی وی شو ہے یا پاگل خانہ جس کا کوئ وارڈن نہیں۔ عوام کو ہمہ وقت بد تہذیبی کا سبق دیا جاتا ہے اور یہ باور کیا جاتا ہے کہ گفتگو کا یہی طریقہ ہے۔ pic.twitter.com/ghQrBxOEMo— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) June 9, 2021
“He is lying. Prove your claims. I will file a defamation suit against you. Stop spewing nonsense,” she said, slapping the desk. The two continued to yell over each other as the host quickly cut to a break.
In the video, the PPP leader tries to grab her arm to defend himself. However, other people present on the set quickly intervene before the situation escalates.
In response to the backlash, Awan took to Twitter to defend her actions. She claimed that “one-sided” propaganda was being carried out as the video clip did not include the vulgar language used by the PPP leader against her and her late father.