ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan’s symbolic act of donating blood backfired after netizens accused her of faking it.
A video of Firdous Ashiq Awan has gone viral in which she can be seen sitting on a chair at Sundas Foundation in Lahore and pretending as if giving blood, while no needle was inserted in her vein to draw the blood. The bag connected with the needle was already filled with blood.
A doctor can be seen saying that she was giving blood to raise awareness about thalassaemia patients.
Talking to the state news agency, APP, she had said that she had donated blood to the organization about two dozen times including the one that day.
Later, in response to the news circulating against her this act, the special assistant to the PM termed them misleading. “Presenting the awareness campaign in a wrongful manner by a section of the media is abominable,” she said.
On Jan 18, the special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting had said the government was establishing a ‘Job Bank’ for thalassemia patients.
Addressing a ceremony in Lahore, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had said the platform for providing jobs to the patients was being established in collaboration with Sundas Foundation which will provide persons suffering from thalassemia better jobs.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has started Ehsas Program for the provision of relief to the deserving people,” she had added.