Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry helped former pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar and television anchor Dr. Nauman Niaz settle their dispute.
According to a tweet by PTV news, Fawad Chaudhry invited the pair to his residence and helped them settle their differences.
Fawad Chaudhry also shared an image of him along with Shoaib Akhtar and Dr. Nauman Niaz. The image is currently receiving mass traction on social media. The Minister also posted an inspiring message on friendship. Furthermore, the Minister stated that social media blew the argument out of proportion.
“Social media is a big [thing] now and small matters are turned into big issues. Nevertheless, all is well that ends well,” Fawad Chaudhry said.
دوست دو چار نکلتے ہیں کہیں لاکھوں میں
جتنے ہوتے ہیں سوا اتنے ہی کم ہوتے ہیں
۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ بات اتنی نہیں تھی کہ اس پر اتنی گفتگو ہوتی لیکن کیا ہے کہ سوشل میڈیا اب اتنا بڑا ہے کہ چھوٹی باتیں بھی بڑی ہو جاتی ہیں، بہرحال All is well that ends well #GameOnHai #PTV pic.twitter.com/TLsGjfUw13
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 13, 2021
Following suit, Shoaib Akhter also tweeted and confirmed the settlement of the dispute. Calling the spat an “unpleasant incident,” the former cricketer urged people to move on.
“It was an unpleasant incident on National Television and it had hurt my sentiments that’s why it took me a while. Taking a higher moral ground, I am accepting the apology of Dr Nauman Niaz. Let’s move on from this,” Shoaib Akhtar wrote.
It was an unpleasant incident on National Television and it had hurt my sentiments thats why it took me a while. Taking a higher moral ground, i am accepting the apology of @DrNaumanNiaz . Lets move on from this.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 13, 2021
The dispute between Shoaib Akhtar and Dr. Nauman Niaz
Shoaib Akhtar was part of the panel of the show ‘Game On Hai’ discussing Pakistan’s win against New Zealand in its second match T20 World Cup 2021. During the discussion, Shoaib Akhtar said that Lahore Qalandars- a franchise of the Pakistan Super League should be credited for finding Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Dr. Nauman Niaz took the offense and snapped back at Shoaib Akhtar. “You’re being a little rude and I don’t want to say this: but if you’re being over smart, you can go. I am saying this on-air,” Niaz told a dumbstruck Shoaib, cutting him short and moving to the next guest for their comment.
It is not clear what irked Dr.Nauman Niaz but Shoaib Akhtar was left disappointed. Soon after the incident, the host went on break. The show resumed but the atmosphere remained charged. Later, he decided to resign from the panel of PTV Sports. He apologized to other panelists including Sana Mir, Sir Vivian Richards, and David Gower among others.
“A lot of apologies guys, a lot of apologies. I am resigning from PTV. The way I have been treated on national TV, I don’t think I should be sitting here right now. So, I am resigning. Thank you very much,” he said, before unclipping his mic and getting up from the table.
Later on, Dr. Nauman Niaz apologized to the cricketing star on a YouTube channel.