Pak's Punjab Province Minister Sacked Over 'Anti-Hindu Remarks'

Fayaz Chohan

Fayaz Chohan

A regional Pakistani minister was forced to resign after a video of him delivering rude and derogatory remarks against Hindus surfaced online - causing fellow politicians to promptly ostracize the "embarrassing" speaker.

Pakistani Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Political Affairs, Naeemul Haque, had taken to Twitter to announce that the PTI would not "tolerate this nonsense" adding that action would be taken against the minister after consultation with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. "You don't have that flag", he had said on Monday.

"Hindus of Pakistan are as much a part of the fabric of the nation as I am".

Former Punjab information and culture minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan's highly problematic comments against members of the Hindu community on February 24 would have virtually faded into oblivion, had it not been for a tweet posted more than a week later by Pakistani human rights activist Kapil Dev.

"Don't operate under the delusion that you are seven times better than us", Chohan added.

A video had gone viral of Chohan making the remarks while responding to Indian rhetoric in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

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Chohan then attempted to explain himself, saying on Samaa TV Tuesday that he was "referring to Narendra Modi, RAW and the Indian media".

The alleged statement came against the backdrop of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan after 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist attack in Kashmir.

Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari has replaced Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan as the new information minister Punjab. PTI government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the government or from anyone.

Netizens take to Twitter to laud PTI govt for swiftly moving against the minister, highlight power of social media. "Our Hindu citizens have given sacrifices for their country", Mazari tweeted.

Finance Minister Asad Umar also said that the flag of Pakistan is not just green and it is not complete without the white which represents the minorities. "Our PM's msg is always of tolerance & respect & we can not condone any form of bigotry or spread of religious hatred", she added.

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