Government ministers and opposition leaders were on the same page on Wednesday in condemning Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda for bringing a boot to a TV show to ridicule the opposition parties, particularly the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for unconditionally supporting the Army Act amendment bill.
Talking in a TV show, Vawda said that Prime Minister Imran Khan “was unhappy” with his act of taking the boot to the talk show.
“I told the prime minister whatever he is saying is right. I assured him that it will not happen again and I will act responsibly,” the federal minister told the anchorperson. he added that he will never “intentionally malign any institution” and that he only meant to expose the opposition’s real face.
He further said that he was not aware of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s rules and “came to know them today”.
A day earlier, the federal minister, who was on a talk show with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira and PML-N representative Javed Abbasi startled all by placing a black boot that he had brought with him on top of the table.
Vawda mocked the PML-N’s unconditional support for the Army Act bill, saying the party was “lying down to kiss the boot”.
“I am going to bring this [boot] to every talk show,” he said. “This is how democratic the PML-N is. They lie down to kiss the boot,” he added.
Both Abbasi and Kaira eventually left the show in protest.
Criticising the minister’s action, Federal Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and PM’s Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said Vawda should have acted more responsibly.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Vawda’s stunt “did not dignify a response”.
PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah said that the entire nation was witnessing activities of “jokers”, adding that “the government wanted to make a joke of the army as an institution”.
PPP leader Sherry Rehman also condemned Vawda’s behavior. “This can’t be normalised, no matter what the point of the parody,” she said in a tweet.
“Disappointed and disgusted that public discourse has sunk to this level,” she said, adding: “It is everyone’s right to critique another’s actions but this, this plumbs new depths. Cheap thrills just got a whole lot cheaper.”
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— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) January 14, 2020