ISLAMABAD: A news item published in The Nation, titled ‘Khawaja Asif staying away from Defence Ministry’ on 25-04-2014, is totally based on speculation. Khawaja Asif took additional charge as Minister for Defence and since the day he has been actively looking after affairs of the ministry and holding all important meetings, defence ministry said in a statement.

Kh Asif has visited the Ministry of Defence as and when required. The reporter must also know that it becomes a lot difficult to commute between Rawalpindi and Islamabad daily due to long travelling time.

Furthermore Kh Asif is Minister for Water and Power whose functioning is high on prime minister’s agenda.

The minister was never indifferent in initiating complaint to Pemra. This needs to be remembered that the complaint was duly processed in a most appropriate manner by the office of the Defence Minister on fast track. Ministry of Defence strongly refutes the story.