Islamabad: Pakistan’s Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan was sacked on Tuesday after a row erupted over his derogatory remarks against Hindus living in Pakistan.

According to a Samaa TV report earlier in the day, Chohan referred to Pakistan’s Hindu community as “cow urine-drinking people” at a recent press conference.

“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 in a video that went viral on social media.

His remarks were subsequently condemned by Prime Minister Imran Khan and other key political leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf for his insensitivity towards the Hindus, a minority in Pakistan.
Fayyazul Hassan then apologized and said his comments were directed only at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian media. “I was referring to Narendra Modi, RAW and Indian media,” he said on Samaa TV’s programme Naya Din on Tuesday. “The remarks weren’t meant for any person in Pakistan. My message was for Indians.

“I didn’t demean any religion. The things I said are a part of Hindutva. I said things that are a part of their religion,” he added.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan termed Chohan’s remarks as “inappropriate” and said: “We will not tolerate remarks against any minority community.”

Several party leaders, citizens of Pakistan cutting across religions condemned his remarks.

With inputs from IANS