Awan lobbied to be appointed as SAPM, claims Fawad Chaudhry
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Former special assistant to the prime minister on information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was assigned to the position after lobbying for the role, claimed Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday. “She was never eligible for the [infomration] ministry,” the minister said during an interview. “She should have been removed earlier as managing that particular ministry is not an easy task as it is an important platform.” Chaudhary also claimed that the manner in which Awan managed the ministry damaged the prime minister’s office and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Praising the appointment of former Inter-Services Public Relations director-general Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Fawad said he would be of great help to the newly appointed information minister, Sibli Faraz, as Bajwa understands how the media functions. When asked about the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the science minister said that according to pharmaceutical companies, it is not possible to prepare a vaccine before September 2021. “The country cannot be closed for that long a period.” “Therefore, the lockdown has been relaxed,” he said. “The decisions regarding the coronavirus outbreak are made in consultation with the provinces and experts.”