Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Krishna Kumari on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for removing Fayyazul Hassan Chohan as Punjab information minister.
Kumari, who belongs to Sindh’s marginalised Tharparkar community, is Pakistan’s second Hindu and first Dalit-caste woman to become a member of the Upper House.
“[As a Hindu] it was heart-breaking for me to hear him castigate the Hindu community,” Kumari poured her heart out while talking to a local media outlet. Lamenting his remarks, Kumari asserted that “Chohan targeted the minority community at a crucial time when Pakistan and India were on the verge of war”.
Former information minister Chohan landed himself in hot water for terming Hindus as “cow-urine drinkers” while addressing a political gathering on February 24. A video of the incident went viral on the social media, receiving much backlash from the social media community and compelling the government to dismiss Chohan from his office.
Kumari also lauded the premier for his timely decision to remove Chohan and said that “[although] it was a great decision [but] we have to see if he [Imran Khan] also gets rid of him [Chohan] as a party member”.
Chohan, who is known for his tub-thumping manner of speech, was inducted into the cabinet by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on August 27.
In his tenure as information minister, Chohan gained much media attraction for stirring controversies one after the other. Reportedly, he also took undue interest in internal affairs of government departments instead of focusing on the image building of Punjab government.