Fayyazul Hassan Chohan removed as Punjab minister over anti-Hindu remarks

03:55 PM | 5 Mar, 2019
Fayyazul Hassan Chohan removed as Punjab minister over anti-Hindu remarks
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Tuesday forced Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan to step down as Punjab Information Minister on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

His resignation was confirmed by the spokesman of Punjab Government, Dr Shahbaz Gill.

The CM had demanded a resignation from the provincial minister over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community. Chohan was earlier warned upon complaints against him.

However, with his latest remarks against the Hindu community, the provincial minister was called at the CM office and was directed to tender his resignation.

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Earlier, a video of the outspoken minister had surfaced where he referred to the Hindus as "cow urine-drinking people".

"We are Muslims and we have a flag, the flag of Maula Ali's bravery, and flag of Hazrat Umar's valour. You don't have that flag; it isn't in your hands," Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan had said.

"Don't operate under the delusion that you are seven times better than us. What we have, you can't have, you idol-worshippers," he said in a video that went viral on the social media.

These remarks were met with harsh criticism as nobody is ready to tolerate such remarks against any religious minority in Pakistan.

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had also condemned his remarks.

Special Assistant to prime minister Naeem ul Haque said that the derogatory and insulting remarks against the Hindu community by Fayyaz Chohan demand strict action.

He said that the PTI government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the government or from anyone. Action will be taken after consulting the Chief Minister, he said.

Chohan, earlier today, apologised over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community.

Clarifying his comments, the provincial minister said that he was only referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian media.