Senior journalist and analyst Kamran Khan has claimed that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar “skipped a scheduled interview with him after some tough questions were shared with Buzdar’s team beforehand”, drawing a strong reaction from the government as officials explained the “real story” behind the postponement.
“CM Usman Buzdar wanted me to interview him and it was scheduled for today. Moments before the recording, he and his team disappeared. They had sought the topics [to be discussed during the interview] beforehand, which were shared, and we even told them the questions,” the journalist tweeted while also sharing the questions that he said Buzdar “couldn’t deal with”.
Kamran, who is visibly irritated ever since he was ditched, also tweeted a video likening Buzdar to “the student with whom all questions are shared before the exam and is even promised grace marks for every right answer but still cuts and runs from the examination hall”.
But the journalist’s claims did not sit very well with officials of the Punjab government.
“Both you and your producer were called at 5:40 pm today and requested to reschedule the interview because CM Buzdar had to chair an emergency law and order meeting. Rescheduling an interview is not that big a deal,” Focal Person to Punjab CM on Digital Media Azhar Mashwani tweeted in response to Kamran’s claims on Monday.
He went on to say that CM Buzdar had addressed dozens of press conferences wherein he had dealt with all sorts of difficult questions. “This overreaction on a rescheduling request is beyond my understanding.”
Mashwani on Tuesday also tweeted a video of Buzdar chairing a similar meeting a day later as well:
Kamran, however, hit back with the screenshot of a message that was sent to Buzdar’s team around 6:30 pm on Monday.
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