“We must strive for that” is the answer, however brief, of Pakistan’s Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry in response to a PakVibe.pk question whether we the people of this country will ever have a culture that emphasizes the preponderance of science and technology in the progress of mankind.
His is a very optimistic take, radiating a strong desire to make people wholeheartedly accept the fact that advancements in science and technology have made our life much easier and a lot better and underscoring the need for giving this hitherto neglected area an elevated position or place in our policymaking discourse in particular.
It is therefore interesting to note that Fawad Chaudhry finally emerged as the victor in a battle of nerves by deriving immense force from science to lend credence to his argumentation against the traditional approach to the sighting of the moon.
But this Chaudhry has a penchant for causing controversies. That his personality is characterized by directness in a manner without subtility or evasion is also a fact.
Slapping TV anchors publicly explains his strong or habitual liking for something but the question remains whether or not his explanations can be accepted as some plausible or warranted actions to justify what he has actually done.
But Chaudhry sahib now seems to have bitten off more than he can chew. Not only has he openly criticized the performance of his own party’s government, but he has also reportedly held certain party figures such as Jahangir Khan Tareen, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Asad Umar responsible for party infighting.
Has he really gone too far by exceeding the limits of what is reasonable or acceptable? No one else but his LEADER Prime Minister Imran Khan has the most appropriate answer to this question._ Editors