The prime minister has restricted the federal minister from appearing on any talk show for the next two weeks.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has also demanded an explanation from Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda following his outlandish stunt on a live TV show, where he used a boot to ridicule opposition parties PPP and PML-N, premier’s aide Firdous Ashiq Awan tweeted on Thursday.
According to Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting, “PM also asked for an explanation from federal minister for his behaviour in a private channel’s talk show”
The tweet comes two days after the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader appeared in anchorperson Kashif Abbasi’s programme ‘Off the Record’ on ARY News alongside senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira and PML-N Senator Javed Abbasi and used a boot to heap scorn on the PPP and PML-N for voting in favour of the recently passed Army Act in parliament. The move was criticised and condemned by opposition parties and also drew the attention of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, which banned Abbasi from appearing on TV for 60 days.
Despite the backlash from opposition and social media users, Vawda remained unapologetic but he admitted on Geo News show Capital Talk that the prime minister was “not happy” with his stunt. When asked if he apologised to the prime minister for what had happened, Vawda said: “I told him (Prime Minister Imran) he was right.”