Ali Zaidi, Boxer Amir Khan scuffle over squash player’s treatment

Ali Zaidi and Amir Khan taking credit for squash player's treatment
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Ali Zaidi and Amir khan have engaged in a twitter fight over taking credit for supporting former Pakistan number one squash player Riffat Khan.
Riffat Khan underwent knee surgery last week at Shiffa International Hospital to revive her career. She had earlier requested Prime Minister Imran Khan for assistance after Squash Federation, Sports Board and relevant authorities refused to help her.
After media channels highlighted her story, former boxing champion Amir Khan responded to her call and announced to help her. At the same time, Dr Shireen Mazari, reportedly, said that Maritime Affairs minister, Ali Zaidi, will bear all the expenses of Riffat’s operation. Riffat was operated on November 13 and was released from hospital the next day.
Following that, the British-Pakistani boxer tweeted the news item on Riffat’s improved health announcing that Amir Khan Foundation supported her and paid for the athlete.

Ali Zaidi responded quickly to that tweet saying that it was his ministry, not Aamir Khan who paid for the operation.

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“To set the record straight, PNSC paid for her operation! I heard Amir Khan offered to pay and many thanks for that, but the Maritime government had already stepped in. Therefore, please take credit where it’s due,” tweeted the minister.

Replying to Ali Zaidi’s tweet, Aamir posted the bank transaction details on his twitter account saying he paid 334,569 rupees for the operation, the government didn’t.

Soon after these exchanges between the minister and the boxer, journalist Faizan Lakhani while replying to minister’s tweet said:
“Actually both of you helped her. I have seen evidence of Amir sending her money & the athlete has also confirmed you both helped her. Aamir stepped in only after relevant people in government had refused to help her, you also reacted to same news story. You both deserve credit”.

In another interview post her surgery, Riffat had highlighted the government’s treatment towards her before her issue came to media.

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“I was broken, disheartened and shattered by the insulting behavior and I was simply very upset with Acting PSB Director General Amna Imran, who should have realized my pain and agony, rather than keeping me waiting outside her office for an hour,” she had said.
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