LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Wedenesday apologised for the remarks he had made to journalists at the death memorial of Late Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
The minister had criticised a journalist who had asked him about former Jamaat-e-Islami chief’s statement regarding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) promises of transforming Pakistan into a state like Madina.
The JI chief had said that no steps were taken by the incumbent government to that end.
Chohan remarked that the journalist should be ashamed for asking such a question at the occasion.
At Chohan’s response to the question, journalists present at the scene had staged a protest.
Chohar, however, apologised on Wednesday, saying that he was going through a difficult time as his wife is undergoing treatment at Services Hospital.
“Before I went on stage to speak in the memorial, my driver passed me a chit in which it was said that your wife was admitted to Services Hospital in an unconscious stage,” he said
“It was a very tensed moment for me, so I gave my response in light to it. If someone is offended by my response I apologise for my words,” he added.
Journalists present at the occasion accepted the apology.
Meanwhile, PTI leader Aleem Khan also apologised for the recent remarks made by Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan against journalists.
“Chohan is young, perhaps that’s why he got angry. I don’t like such tone and that’s why I have apologised before as well. On behalf of the entire government I render an unconditional apology,” Aleem Khan said on Wednesday.