Pakistan Punjab Province Information and Culture Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan has resigned after he was slammed for his anti-Hindu remarks, reported local media.
The report citing a confirmation from the Punjab Province chief minister’s office (CMO) comes after the minister had apologised to the minority Hindu community in Pakistan.
While the minister said he was asked for a clarification from Pakistan Punjab Province Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, fresh reports indicate the minister has decided to resign.
Chohan has also apologised for derogatory comments that were not only questioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan but several other senior ministers in the Pakistan cabinet.
The minority community in Punjab slammed him after his comments went viral on microblogging website Twitter.
Earlier, the minister had told Pakistan’s GEO TV that he was addressing Indian Prime Minister and Indian Armed Forces and the Indian media, but not the minority Hindu community in Pakistan.
“My remarks were in no way directed at Pakistan’s Hindu community,” he said.
#SackFayyazChohan started trending on Twitter since Febriary 24 after a video had gone viral of Chohan making the remarks while responding to Indian commentary on the Pulwama attack.
A local news portal had quoted Chohan during a press conference where he referred to Hindus as “cow urine-drinking people”.
“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,” the minister added.
“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.
His comments came amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary troopers.