Staff Reporter – Lahore:
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar appointed Fayyazul Hasan Chohan, who holds the portfolio of Punjab prisons minister, as the provincial government’s spokesperson following the resignation of Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan last week, according to a notification issued by the government on Friday.
Awan, who was the special assistant to the Punjab chief minister on information, had replaced Chohan in November last year when the latter was removed as information minister in Buzdar’s cabinet.
However, Chohan still remained part of the cabinet as he remained the colonies minister and a few days later was given the additional charge of prisons minister.
A week after Awan’s resignation, Chohan has now been appointed as the “official spokesperson” for the Punjab government, according to the notification.
“Chief Minister has been pleased to appoint Mr. Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Minister for Prisons, Punjab, as Official Spokesperson for the Government of Punjab till further orders,” reads the notification, implying that Chohan will continue to hold his ministry along with this new charge for now.
“Further necessary action may be taken accordingly,” the notification, signed by the principal secretary to the chief minister, adds.
Speaking on the matter, Chohan expressed gratitude to the leadership for giving him the “additional responsibility of the provincial government spokesperson”.
He said as the Punjab government spokesperson, “my basic agenda will be to present to the public the [provincial] government’s achievements.” He also vowed to “expose the conspiracies against the Buzdar government”.