Adviser to Punjab interim Chief Minister on Sports and Youth Affairs Wahab Riaz on Thursday apologised for splashing bikers and passersby on flooded roads in Lahore.
Taking to Twitter, Riaz said that he is “sorry for what happened” but insisted that people should “spread positivity always and not malign this beautiful country of ours with negative propagandas”.
In a video shared on the micro-blogging website, Twitter, Riaz — onboard a car — could be seen driving recklessly on the flooded roads and splashing rainwater onto the passing vehicle and motorcyclists which led to massive critcisim on social media.
Yesterday, incessant showers broke a 30-year-old record when the Punjab capital city received over 290mm of rain within a span of 10 hours, resulting in the death of at least seven people, officials said.
The metropolis received 291mm of rain, during which more than a dozen areas recorded more than 200mm of rain, Commissioner Lahore Mohammad Ali Randhawa said, adding this is happening due to climate change and strong monsoon.
In order to inspect conditions after the rain and monitor clearance and drainage operations, Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and his cabinet visited different areas of the city as well.
It must be remembered that Riaz was named sports minister in Punjab's caretaker government earlier this year. He requested the provincial government to let him play the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight, leading to the postponement of Riaz's oath-taking ceremony.
After getting free from PSL 8, the cricketer took charge as adviser sports minister.
Wahab represented Peshawar Zalmi under the captaincy of cricketer Babar Azam in PSL 8, taking 10 wickets in 11 matches this year. Overall, he is the highest wicket-taker in PSL with 113 wickets.