Chohan Resigned Over Anti Hindu Diatribe

PESHAWAR: Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Tuesday resigned from his ministry over anti Hindu comments The spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has confirmed.
Dr Shahbaz Gill, the chief minister’s spokesperson, told DawnNewsTV that Chohan tendered his resignation and it was accepted by Buzdar.
While Gill said that Chohan had resigned, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, in a tweet, announced that he was “removed”, adding that “bashing someone’s faith should not be a part of any narrative.”
The firebrand PTI leader’s resignation came following reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan had himself taken notice of his remarks, although those reports were denied by the party.
Chohan held a meeting with Buzdar later in the day, according to Gill. Following the meeting, Chohan said that he was neither asked for nor has he resigned. However, the veracity of his denials were called into question later in the day when Gill confirmed that Chohan had indeed tendered his resignation.
The minister, known for his tub-thumping manner of speech, was addressing an event in Lahore on February 24 when responding to India’s rhetoric in the aftermath of the Pulwama bombing, he conflated Indians with Hindus and used disparaging words for the religious community.
As a video clip of the derisive remarks went viral on Monday, Twitterati on Tuesday using the hashtag ‘#SackFayazChohan’ asked the government to take action against Chohan and remove him from his post.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque in a tweet had said that PTI would not “tolerate this nonsense”, adding that action would be taken against the minister after consultation with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
“PTI govt will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the govt or from anyone,” he wrote.
“Pakistan proudly owns the white in the flag as much as the green, values contributions of the Hindu community and honours them as our own,” wrote Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday.

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