Islamabad: An amused former Air Force
chief of Pakistan Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed on Sunday reacted with
surprise over appearance of his photograph in an Indian
government advertisement along with Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh but described it as an "innocent mistake".
The inclusion of Air Chief Marshal (retired) Ahmed`s
photograph along with Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and
other icons in the advertisement caused embarrassment for the
Congress-led UPA government.
The Prime Minister`s Office apologised to the nation
and ordered an inquiry into the lapse.
On being informed about the faux pas, Ahmed told a news agency:
"I wasn`t aware about this as I don`t really watch much of the
media. Anyway, I was busy with a golf match and didn`t know
about this development."
"I guess it`s just one of those errors. It must be an
innocent mistake," said Ahmed, who retired as PAF chief in
March last year.
The advertisement by the Ministry of Women and Child
Development to mark the National Girl Child Day also featured
photos of sports icons Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag and sarod
maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and bore the heading: "Where
would you be if your mother was not allowed to be born?"
In a damage control exercise, the PMO issued a
statement that said: "The Prime Minister`s Office has noted
with regret the inclusion of a foreign national`s photograph
in a Government of India advertisement. While an internal
enquiry has been instituted, the PMO apologises to the public
for this lapse."