Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pak provincial minister fired over his anti-Hindu remarks

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of Pakistan’s most populated Punjab province removed on Tuesday a minister from his post over his anti-Hindu remarks. Amid heightened India-Pakistan tension last month, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, Punjab’s information and culture minister, had referred to Indians as Hindus and called them “cow urine-drinking people and worshippers of idols”.
Dr Shahbaz Gill, spokesperson for Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar, said Chohan tendered his resignation on Tuesday and it was accepted by the CM. Ignoring Gill’s statement, the ruling PTI announced, in a tweet, that he was “removed”, adding that “bashing someone’s faith should not be a part of any narrative.” Some media reports said Prime Minister Imran Khan had himself taken notice of his remarks.
On 4th March, a video clip of the minister’s derisive remarks went viral and, on Tuesday, Twitterati using the hashtag ‘#SackFayazChohan’ asked the government to take action against Chohan and remove him from his post.
Human rights minister Shireen Mazari, finance minister Asad Umar, special assistant to the PM Naeemul Haque, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and several others had slammed Chohan over his remarks. “PTI would not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the party or from anyone. Action would be taken against the minister after consultation with Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar,” tweeted Haq.TOI

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