Firdaus Ashiq Awan Slaps PPP MNA Qadir Khan:
Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan made headlines after a video of her getting into a confrontation with PPP MNA Qadir Khan Mandokhail surfaced on social media. The two can be seen getting into a heated verbal exchange on a talk show.
The incident occurred when Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan slapped a Pakistan People’s Party MNA, Qadir Khan Mandokhail, in a talk show, Kal Tak. In the viral video, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan can be seen getting into a physical confrontation with PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhail. Firdous Ashiq Awan roars at PPP leader Mandokhail, “Kuttay ke bacha (Son of a dog),” before hitting him. The anchor Javed Chaudhry and others look on in disbelief.
The debate on the government’s performance and load-shedding soon turned into a heated confrontation.
It began when the PPP leader Qadir khan Mandokhail brought up the recent Ghotki train tragedy, which claimed the lives of more than 60 people. Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, reacting to the disaster, says, “By the grace of Allah, this was the first train accident during the PTI’s rule”.
“Your speech was equivalent to pouring salt on someone’s wounds,” Qadir Khan Mandokhail stated during the television debate. He was referring to Firdous Ashiq Awan’s shocking remarks.
Awan, on the other hand, defended herself, stating that her words were misunderstood. When Mandokhail mentioned corruption claims against Firdaus Ashiq Awan, the talk show became out of hand.
“Look who’s talking,” the PTI leader continued, “the one who is drenched in corruption from head to toe.”
“So, how about you? Didn’t you conduct corruption with buses while you were a minister?” Mandokhail retaliated.
In the video, Awan can be seen slapping the PPP leader Mandokhail and grasping his collar, while the latter tries to defend himself by grabbing his arm. Other people on the set swiftly stepped in to help.
The hashtag #FirdousAshiqAwan began trending on Twitter as soon as the video became viral. Many netizens pointed out that this was the second time the government Minister had been caught on camera “misbehaving,” citing an earlier incident involving the Sialkot assistant commissioner.
Awan rushed to Twitter to defend her behaviour in the wake of the uproar. “On Javed Chaudhry’s TV show, the picture is drawn of the argument with Mandokhail only shows one side of the story.”
She said that the video footage did not feature the filthy language used by the PPP leader directed at her and her late father, implying that the propaganda was “one-sided.”
“These people have nothing to do with ethics and politics. These individuals are a stain on society and politics,” she remarked. Awan stated that Mandokhail’s behaviour would be dealt with.
On the other hand, the PPP MNA stated that if Awan apologised for her behaviour, he would forgive her.
Mandokhail denied using abusive words towards Firdaus Ashiq Awan in a statement. He went on to say, “It’s pure arrogance to consider pursuing legal action against me rather than apologising. I also have the option of filing a lawsuit.”