Pakistan Punjab’s Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was removed on Tuesday over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community.
The remarks had drawn intense criticism from members of his party and social media users.
At an event in Lahore on February 24, Chohan referred to the Hindu community as “cow urine-drinking people”.
“We are Muslims and we have a flag, the flag of Maula Ali’s bravery, the flag of Hazrat Umar’s valour. You (Hindus) don’t have that flag, it isn’t in your hands,” he had said.
“Don’t operate under the delusion that you’re seven times better than us. What we have, you can’t have, you idol worshippers,” 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 remove him from his post.
Following the criticism from the PTI for his insensitivity towards the Hindus, a minority in Pakistan, the Minister apologized and said his comments were directed only at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian media.