Well, a lot. According to Fawad Chaudhry, there is a need to improve “weak” decision making, implying Prime Minister Imran Khan isn’t making his decisions properly. He goes on to talk about how there is a battle, or cold war, between the elected and non-elected leaders of the government.
He continues to talk about how civilian governments leave everything to the military, and his leadership within the Ministry of Information saw the government take control of foreign correspondence. He even goes on to talk about how there is nepotism everywhere within the government, hitting a pretty important topic today.
The media, like us, had a field day with his interview, which I think he knew we would. However, his comments, for obvious reasons, did not sit well with his party members. “Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry is very busy in his laboratory and he doesn’t know about a lot of decisions,” said Zulfi Bukhari, sounding pretty bitter.
In response to all of this, Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter for damage control.
He tweeted; “Neither is there any rift within the party, nor the government is going anywhere,” he said in a tweet, adding there was consensus among them that if a democratic set-up was to flourish in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s success was a must. “Take a look around, where do the countries that got independence along with us stand? [you] will realize what did [Pakistan] lose out or gain over this period?”
Separately, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday that people should not doubt the prediction that Eidul Fitr would be on June 5. And this is important, because this is actually why all of this is happening.
Now bare with me for a minute. If you watch his interview with Samaa News, Fawad Chaudhry comes off as resentful about being removed from his previous ministry post. Going from being the head of communications for the government, to being in a post usually viewed as “filler post” can’t be easy. Fawad is used to having all the attention on him. Which is why his first act in his new position was to solve the moon-sighting controversy.
And the truth is, his position makes a lot of sense. In our day and age, we have no reason to rely on telescopes to do what technology can do a lot better. And Fawad Chaudhry really went with it. He promised an app and calendar to predict the next 5 years of religious holidays. He would conduct media conferences on updates about the app nearly daily. However, after the app was rolled out to the masses, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee rejected it and no one really cared after that.
All this hype, and we’re back to square one. To avoid a problem, the government has granted a 4 day eid break. This must have hurt Fawad Chaudhry. So maybe he just wants to feel important, which is fair. Everyone wants praise. Everyone wants to be the hero who solves something no one else could have. But maybe pick a better way to go about it?