Lahore: Pakistan's ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said that Punjab information and culture minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has been removed from the post following severe criticism over his anti-Hindu remarks. "PTI Punjab government has removed Fayyaz Chohan from the post following derogatory remarks about the Hindu community. Bashing someone’s faith should not be a part of any narrative. Tolerance is the first and foremost pillar on which #Pakistan was built," PTI tweeted.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Syed Samsam Ali Shah as Chohan's replacement as the provincial minister of Punjab for information and culture. Khan had previously denounced Chohan's statement. Chohan was summoned earlier by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, where he was asked to turn in his resignation papers, Geo News reported quoting sources.
"The Punjab CM sought an explanation from Chohan regarding his anti-Hindu remarks. There were complaints against Chohan earlier as well owing to which he was sent warnings," the sources said. Chohan had made derogatory remarks against Hindus and after the video of his comments went viral, there was a huge outcry in the country. Earlier in the day, Chohan had apologised for the comments.