What happened: Special assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan went viral on social media because of her physical altercation with PPP MNA Qadir Khan Mandokhel. The incident took place on an Express-News talk show, Kal Tak, hosted by Javed Chaudhry. The video shows Awan grabbing Mandokhel ’s neck and then slapping him as he grasps her arm to defend himself and a quick de-escalation with the intervention of the people on set.
Why did it occur?: In their discussion of the tragic Ghotki train accident. Both Awan, and Khan butted heads over who was to blame. However, things took a turn for the worse when Mandokhel’s comments on Awan’s alleged corruption were ill-received by the PTI member.
After the incident: On speaking about the incident, Awan stated that the video clip shared on the internet is misleading as it does not portray the whole story. She claimed that Mandokhel verbally abused her and her father, which triggered her rash response. Moreover, Awan said that she would take legal action against the MNA after holding consultations. On the other hand, Mandokhel stated that he is ready to forgive Awan as long as he receives an apology. Furthermore, he refutes any foul language, reminding the public that this is not Awans first physical indiscretion on a talk show.
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