According to a report, the resignation of the former Information Minister, among other reasons, was triggered by a fellow minister's 'indecent' act of calling her his Aappa (Urdu for elder sister). The remark so provoked the lady minister that she immediately retorted back with a comment on his age. This led to a heated exchange of words that culminated in her resignation. The male minister seems to have forgotten the old adage about never taking the risk of commenting about a woman's age. -DR IRFAN ZAFAR, Islamabad, via e-mail, March 19.