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Speaking exclusively to ARY News on Friday, former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant Firdous Ashiq Awan said that he hoped that the new prime minister’s team would fulfill his expectations.

Awan said that the Prime Minister was in his right to choose the cabinet he wanted, the Ministry of Information was an important office and I wish Shibli Faraz the best, he added.

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Awan said that during his tenure there were several pseudo information ministers and were doing his work for him and might have hampered his progress in some cases or confused the narratives he wanted to present as government representatives.

He also said that his knowledge prime minister would not like bureaucracy and politicians who trade blows or take advantage of mistakes.

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He said that story leaks had also been a point of concern during his tenure when news entered the media through various channels rather than the official channels designated by government spokesmen.

Firdous Ashiq Awan also said that there were many parties in the party who supported him and his efforts while some also wanted and expected more from him.

He said that he gave his best office, “there has been a dispute within the Ministry of Information for the past 3 months, several people appointed to the office are not needed, Prime Minister Imran Khan made a decision about Fawad Chaudhry after eight months and I was also absent after one year.”

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When asked whether Firdous Ashiq Awan satirized Shahbaz Gill, he replied that a wise person could understand who he was going to.

He also said that whatever was told to the Prime Minister about him, both personal and professional, was a distortion of the facts.

“I was told by the Prime Minister to continue my duties as a party worker and elected member and he will call me when needed,” said Awan.

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Speaking about allegations made against him of possible abuse of power and fraudulent practices, Awan said that how could I take a 10% commission from the advertising quota budget when no such advertisement was given to any media or entity during his tenure.

“The files related to my service have never been shown to me, the secretary brought directly to the Prime Minister, this practice continued for 6 months,” claims Firdous Ashiq Awan.

“A case related to an advertising company that I was supposed to give money to, they managed to contact me after 6 months of trying even then they remained unpaid.”

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Awan also said that to his knowledge Prime Minister Imran Khan was satisfied with his appearance but wanted others to take over.

He praised Shibli Faraz and his struggle for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, which has always been together and has been an integral part of the party for the past 22 years.

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