Pakistan sacks provincial minister for anti-Hindu comments

Pakistan PM Imran Khan

A spokesman for the Punjab chief minister said Chohan submitted his resignation, which was immediately accepted.

Amid tension between India and Pakistan following Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. "The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the government or from anyone", he said.

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.

Naeemul Haque, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's special assistant on political affairs, had tweeted early on Tuesday that strict action needs to be taken against 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.

Fayyaz chose to tender his resignation, after apologising for his anti-Hindu remarks as he faced severe criticism from senior members of his party leadership, opposition and social media users.

"I apologise if my remarks hurt the Hindu community in Pakistan", Chohan said. "Remember the flag of Pakistan is not just green. its not complete without the white which represents the minorities".

In response to the attack on the minorities, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari condemned Chohan's statement saying, "No one has the right to attack anyone else's religion". Our Hindu citizens have given sacrifices for their country.

"Following the most recent "cow urine" remarks, Pakistan PM Imran Khan took exception to Chohan's anti-Hindu comments and said his party will not tolerate remarks against any minority community". "We can not condone any form of bigotry or spread of religious hatred".

According to reports, at least 1.6 percent of Pakistan's population is Hindu, and Hinduism is the second largest religion followed in the country.

Soon after assuming charge as a minister in August 2018, Chohan was videotaped making misogynistic remarks about women actors in Lollywood (Pakistan's Bollywood equivalent).

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