FayyazHassan Chohan government key post in the Punjab Cabinet

FayyazHassan Chohan government key post in the Punjab Cabinet

LAHORE – Provincial minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chauhan has been reappointed as Punjab Minister for Information and Culture.

Mr Chauhan has been granted an additional charge of the information ministership beside the Provincial Minister for Colonies.

Mr Aslam Iqbal had excused himself for the additional charge of handling information ministry responsibilities.

On March 5, Mr Chohan had resigned from his ministry amid intense criticism over his derogatory remarks directed against the Hindu community.

The firebrand PTI leader’s resignation had come following reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan had himself taken notice of his remarks, although those reports were denied by the party.

Chohan, known for his tub-thumping manner of speech, was addressing an event in Lahore on February 24 when responding to India’s rhetoric in the aftermath of the Pulwama bombing, he conflated Indians with Hindus, and used disgraceful words for the religious community.

As a video clip of the derisive remarks went viral on the social media, Twitterati using the hashtag ‘#SackFayazChohan’ had asked the government to take action against Chohan and remove him from his post.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque in a tweet had said that the party would not "tolerate this nonsense", adding that action would be taken against the minister after consultation with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.