Pakistan Minister resigns after facing flak over Anti-Hindu remarks

Pakistani Minister from Punjab province, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan has resigned after getting embroiled in a controversy over his recent anti-Hindu remarks. 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.

The remarks attracted strong reactions from the minority communities and specifically from the Hindus of Pakistan. His comments were questioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan but several other senior ministers in the Pakistan cabinet.

#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.

Though later clarifying, Chohan had said “My remarks were in no way directed at Pakistan’s Hindu community.” 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.

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.