Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hasan Chohan has been asked to step down a day after his controversial remarks on the Hindu community brought him into the spotlight.
He is currently in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. Prime Minister Imran Khan took note of Chohan’s remarks and was not pleased.
“I was referring to [Indian PM] Narendra Modi, RAW and India media,” Chohan had said earlier today while speaking on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din. “The remarks weren’t meant for any person in Pakistan. My message was for Indians.” He apologised for hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community.
“I didn’t demean any religion. The things I said are a part of Hindutva. I said things that are a part of their religion,” he remarked.
What did he say?
The information minister referred to the Hindu community as “cow urine-drinking people” at a recent press conference. “We are Muslims and we have a flag, the flag of Maula Ali’s (AS) bravery, the flag of Hazrat Umar’s valor (AS).”
You don’t have that flag, it isn’t in your hands, he said. What this flag has to do with anything is beside the point.
Don’t operate under the delusion that you’re seven times better than us, he added. He also told India, they also shouldn’t operate under the delusion that their “geography” is bigger than Pakistan’s. “What we have, you can’t have, you idol-worshippers,” he said in a video that has gone viral on social media.
Following the video, many people criticised the Punjab minister for his insensitivity towards the Hindu community. Prime Minister Imran Khan termed Fayaz Chohan’s remarks as “inappropriate”. We will not tolerate remarks against any minority community, he added.
“No one has the right to attack anyone else’s religion,” said Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari. “Our PM’s message is always of tolerance and respect, and we cannot condone any form of bigotry or spread of religious hatred,” she said.