He said he didn't want to answer questions about the Mohmand Dam contract
Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda landed in hot water on Wednesday afternoon after he insulted a journalist at a press conference.
When a senior journalist from Dawn TV asked him a question about the contracts for the Mohmand Dam, Vawda became aggressive. I don’t want to answer this question but I'm answering because you're old, he said. If it were anyone else from your organisation I would have taken the mic from you, said the minister.
His remarks sparked outrage and journalists began to stand up and shout at him. Trying to backtrack, he apologised but it was too little too late. The journalists refused to allow him to speak anymore and the press conference ended with Vawda and his team attempting to pacify the angry press.
Before opening the floor to questions, Vawda spoke about a controversy surrounding the PM's adviser for commerce, textile, industry and production and investment, Abdul Razak Dawood owning the company that won the contract to construct the Mohmand dam.
It was given on merit, argued Vawda, who said multiple companies had bid and foreign experts were used. His name and a third party’s are being included in this controversy to defame the party, he said, arguing that the PTI wasn't in government when the contract was awarded.
He vowed to finish the project before the deadline and said they aren't like their predecessors. He also slammed the Shehbaz Sharif-headed PAC and said he is telling them to appear or submit replies on very short notices. This criminal is creating a drama, he said.
A criminal, or accused if you want to call him that, has come out of jail and is asking us questions and it's unprecedented that we’re answering them, said Vawda. "I will not appear before anyone on a one day's notice nor will my ministry give an answer," he said. "I am not anyone's father’s slave," he said.
He slammed the political scoring and drama in the PAC and, addressing Shehbaz, said he was involved in fraud and theft, which is why he is in jail.