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PM Khan speaks to Sami Ibrahim after slap controversy

June 17, 2019

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Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with Bol TV anchorperson Sami Ibrahim a few days after Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry slapped him, Radio Pakistan reported Monday.

According to state-run radio, the prime minister told Sami Ibrahim that his party doesn’t “encourage such individual acts which intentionally or unintentionally undermine someone’s self-esteem and hurt anyone’s feelings”.

The difference of opinion should not be taken to the level of personal enmity, the premier said.

Chaudhry has admitted that he slapped Ibrahim.

Related: Fawad Chaudhry admits he slapped Sami Ibrahim

According to BBC Urdu, Ibrahim and Chaudhry came face-to-face at a wedding Thursday night in Faisalabad.

The minister told BBC Urdu that he slapped Ibrahim after he got angry. Chaudhry said that he made a new advertisement policy when he was minister for information and divided the channels into A, B, C and D categories on the basis of ratings. Ibrahim, he said, approached him and asked him to put his channel into category A and asked for an adjustment of Rs20 million.

Chaudhry said that Ibrahim ran a campaign against him and tried to blackmail him when he [Chaudhry] declined.

Ibrahim, on the other hand, said that he was sitting with PTI MNA Farrukh Habib, FIA DG Bashir Memon as well as journalists Rauf Klasra and Arshad Sharif at a wedding when he heard someone using abusive language.

He claimed that Chaudhry slapped him without saying a word.  The anchorperson has denied that he asked for Rs20 million. He claimed that he has evidence that the federal minister was conspiring against the government but the minister responded with a slap instead of responding to the reports.

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