Ex- PAF chief surprised over ad fiasco

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 said: "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."

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