Television reporters that gathered in Lahore to cover a press conference by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar may have missed Information Minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan whispering a warning to the CM before he took a question related to NAB but social media didn’t.
“NAB ke khilaf nahi [Don’t say anything against NAB],” Chohan whispered in the CM’s ear when a reporter asked Buzdar’s opinion on the bureau’s operations during a press conference on Sunday.
But Chohan’s whisper was caught by the microphones placed before Buzdar and went viral on Twitter.
NAB Lahore has summoned Buzdar on August 12 (Wednesday) for illegally awarding a liquor licence to a private hotel.
The bureau says Buzdar acted against the law since only the Excise department’s director-general is authorised to issue liquor licences.
The Punjab CM, however, believes NAB is after him without any evidence. “There are thieves in NAB that want to destabilise the government,” he told reporters on Sunday.
A video of the press conference with Chohan’s whisper was uploaded on Buzdar’s official Twitter account.
On Monday, Buzdar addressed another press conference flanked by Chohan and Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja. A reporter was quick to ask him about Chohan’s whisper which brought a smile to all three faces.
“What is your response to those who say you speak on dictation? Like we saw Chohan telling you not to speak against NAB yesterday,” the reporter said.
The Punjab CM responded: “My ministers are my friends and we work for the same government. I’m standing before you and you can ask me about anything.”