In a slip of the tongue, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday momentarily appeared to forget the name of famed qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri, when he accidentally said “Junaid” as he fumbled to recall the name of the murdered qawwali star.
“A very successful and respected Qawwal ‘Junaid’ was a very good man,” said Shah on the Sindh Assembly floor, before going on to announce a Rs 10 million grant for the family of the deceased and a government job for his widow.
Shah, 83, was interrupted by members of the opposition, to which he reacted in a rather unsporting manner.
“I did not make a mistake with your name,” he shouted, facing opposition benches before continuing with his address. Several television channels speculated that the aged minister may have mixed Sabri’s name up with singer turned televangelist Junaid Jamshed who had in the past been in the headlines for being accused of blasphemy.