Islamabad, Mar 6 : Pakistan Punjab’s information and culture minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has been sacked for his anti-Hindu remarks that invited intense criticism from senior party leaders and the minority community.
“PTI Punjab government has removed Fayyaz Chohan from the post of Punjab Information Minister, following derogatory remarks about the Hindu community,” according to the official twitter account of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday.
Chohan, known to be a firebrand PTI leader, had made his remarks on February 24 in Lahore in response to India’s statements against the Pulwama bombing of February 14 in which 40 CRPF jawans had died, media reports said.
Soon after that, a video of his derisive remarks had gone viral on Monday with the hashtag #SackFayazchohan trending.
Prime Minister Imran Khan took serious notice of Chohan’s ‘anti-Hindu’ remarks and directed Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to remove him forthwith, party sources said.
Before his removal, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s special assistant on political affairs Naeemul Haque had also tweeted saying that the PTI party would not “tolerate this nonsense”.
“The derogatory and insulting remarks against the Hindu community by Fayyaz Chohan the Punjab Info Minister demand strict action. PTI govt will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the govt or from anyone. Action will be taken after consulting the Chief Minister,” Haque tweeted.