Fayyazul Hassan, Punjab Information Minister resigns on offensive remarks
Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan resigned from his Ministry amid intense criticism over his derogatory remarks directed against Hindu community, spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar has confirmed.
Dr Shahbaz Gill, Chief Minister’s spokesperson informed that Fayyaz tendered his resignation and it was accepted by Usman Buzdar.
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 party.
Chohan held a meeting with Buzdar later in day. Following meeting, Chohan said that he was neither asked for nor has he resigned. However, veracity of his denials were called into question later in day when Gill confirmed that Chohan had indeed tendered his resignation.
Addressing an event in Lahore on February 24 when responding to India’s rhetoric in aftermath of Pulwama bombing, he conflated Indians with Hindus and used disparaging words for religious community.
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 Minister after consultation with Punjab Chief Minister.
“PTI government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of government,” he wrote.