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Asma Shirazi lends support after being targeted by CM Punjab’s spokesman

Punjab chief minister’s spokesman Dr. Shahbaz Gill targeted her on Nasim Zehra’s talk show on 24 News HD.

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Prominent Pakistani Anchorperson Asma Shirazi was targeted subject by Punjab chief minister’s spokesman Dr. Shahbaz Gill when she appeared on Nasim Zehra’s talk show on 24 News HD.

After being welcomed into the panel, Shahbaz said, “I think Asma Shirazi is a hardcore PML-N supporter and I respect it and she has an association with them.”

Program Host Nasim immediately responded cutting him off despite his insistence to let him continue, and said, “No. Shahbaz, hold on a second, I need to say this. She (Asma) criticizes everyone (all parties). Let’s stay with the facts. I needed to say this. I’m sorry. But you need to respond to her (Asma’s) criticism [not her work].”

Asma Shirazi later shared the clip from the show on Twitter and wrote, “Quite disappointing that CM Punjab Spokesman @ShabazGil instead of arguing with logic and performance attacked me professionally during @NasimZehra program on @24NewsHD and then launched a barrage of abuses on social media trough planted trolls. This is how they are dealing media”.

Later, Shahbaz Gill also responded to Asma’s tweet. He wrote, “I [have] always respected you and will never pass any bad comment or encourage anyone for [any] such thing. Although you passed personal comments on me like ‘chaplusi day job, sharam, taat ki soch’ but it is okay. It must be out of anger. No hard feelings.”

Following this debacle from the live talk show, many of the famed journalists, political figures and other celebrities came forward to lend their support for Asma Shirazi. Here is a selection of few messages being shared on Twitter.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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