Journalists on Wednesday (Jan 2) boycotted a press conference of Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and stages a protest over his rude response to a question related to Mohmand Dam construction, from a senior journalist at Press Information Department. Faisal was briefing the media about controversies regarding the dam construction contract to a Chinese and Prime Minister’s advisor Razak Dawood’s company.
“PTI criticised the LNG deal on the reason that it was awarded on a single bid but now the current government gave the Mohmand Dam contract on the same basis,” the journalist asked, “how can you confidently say that the process is legitimate?” Vawda replied : “I am not responsible for anything which occurred before my birth. If you find a controversy or aspires to make one, then it is all your choice”. “I am only answering the question because you are my elder. If this was someone else, I would not have even spoke on it and also put aside the mic.” Journalists started protest and left the conference even after Vawda’s apologies
While addressing the presser, the federal minister for water resources said, “We will not come under any pressure and are only focusing on our work.” “It is not acceptable for a suspect who is serving a jail term to question me during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee,” he added. “I am not somebody’s father’s servant that I submit a reply on a day’s notice. On Monday a notice was sent to my ministry to submit a reply by Tuesday,” the federal minister continued.
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17 November, 2019