Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has denied that he was behind Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s 100-day publicity ads on national newspapers on Thursday.
During a televised interview late on Thursday, Chaudhry said he did not approve the ‘Hum Masroof Thay’ ads for the papers adding that he was against the idea instead.
“How can we spend a hefty amount of money on such advertisements when the people still lack basic health facilities and drinkable water,” the minister said in response to an anchor’s question.
To anchor’s question as to why the government felt the need of wasting billions of rupees on ads occupying half of the front page, Fawad said he doesn’t agree with the notion that these ads cost billions of rupees to the national exchequer.
Despite the insistence from the anchor, Chaudhry refrained from giving the name of who approved the ads for newspapers, but maintained that he was among those who disapproved.
PTI-led government faced massive backlash on social media for the ‘useless ads’ that occupied considerable space on the front page of papers which only read “Hum Masroof Thy—We have Been Busy.”