Fayaz Chohan has put the government in an awkward position multiple times. Why is he back on the scene again?
The government's advocate, while serving as the information minister in the past, ironically has put the government in the position where it had to defend him instead.
Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has been in the headlines for as long as we can remember. Most of the time, however, for all the wrong reasons.
He is known to garner extra attention for his unnecessary remarks and problematic choice of words. Be it his misogynist mindset or religiously bigoted views, he has put the government in an awkward position multiple times in the past. The government’s advocate, while serving as the information minister, ironically has put the government in the position where it had to defend him instead.
Offending the Hindu community:
PTI Punjab government has removed Fayyaz Chohan from the post of Punjab Information Minister following derogatory remarks about the Hindu community. Bashing someone’s faith should not b a part of any narrative.Tolerance is the first & foremost pillar on which #Pakistan was built. pic.twitter.com/uKJiReWc26
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 5, 2019
Fayaz’s derogatory comments about the Hindu community, which apparently became the reason for his sacking previously, offended many. He referred to the Hindu community as “cow urine-drinking people” and ”idol worshipers”.
“We are Muslims and we have a flag, the flag of Maula Ali’s (AS) bravery, the flag of Hazrat Umar’s (AS) valor. You don’t have that flag, it isn’t in your hands,” he said.
”What we have, you can’t have, you idol-worshipers.”
After Hindu activists expressed their grievances, Hashtag #sackfayazchohan trended on Twitter. Social media users demanded resignation from him over his derogatory remarks, and he was sacked, apparently, for his unwise choice of words.
”PTI Punjab government has removed Fayyaz Chohan from the post of Punjab Information Minister following derogatory remarks about the Hindu community. Bashing someone’s faith should not b a part of any narrative. Tolerance is the first & foremost pillar on which Pakistan was built,” PTI’s official account posted.
The step was not only welcomed by the country’s Hindu minority, but it also made waves across the border and even Indians lauded it.
In Pakistan a state minister is sacked for his remarks against Hindus. In India a state Governor isn’t even reprimanded for his public call to boycott & ostracise all Kashmiri muslims. We like to compare ourselves to Pakistan so compare this fact as well.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 5, 2019
Abusive, misogynist and racist:
Not just this, he has also made headlines a number of times for his derogatory remarks about media and opposition. After his video of abusing a journalist went viral, he became the topic of the town again last year for his insulting and indecent remarks against film and stage actors during a public address.
In the address, he asked for the removal of indecent film signboards, saying that rather than these “half-naked” women outside cinemas, people should go and watch porn instead. He continued, saying that he is ensuring that theatre remains in his domain so that he can make sure that ”Nargis becomes Haji Nargis and Megha fasts 300 days a year instead of 30 days in Ramazan.”
He also became a cause of annoyance for Kashmiris when, while addressing reporters in Lahore, he kept using the word “Kashmiri” with names of Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz Sharif in a very insulting and mocking manner. It outraged the Kashmiris and Ali Amin Gandapur, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan also called him out for it and condemned his remarks.
However, unfortunately, we are stuck with him once more as he has been reinstated at the position of Punjab Government’s Information Minister. But the question is that when Fayaz Chohan has put the government in an awkward position multiple times in the past, why is he back on the scene?
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