Fayaz Chohan under fire for his disgusting remarks
In recent days, the world has seen tensions rise and fall among India and Pakistan in a matter of days. With that being said, a recent statement by Provincial Minister of Punjab, Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan, regarding our Hindu friends has startled most of us.
At a press conference, Fayaz Chohan forgot to draw a line when he went on a rant for Indians across the border
He shared his racist and derogatory remarks about Hindus who, may be he forgot, represent the white in our own flag. He said that Muslims are much superior than Hindus and distinguished the latter with names like “cow urine drinkers” and “Idol worshipers”.
Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, Minister of information & culture in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province. He is referring to Hindus as "cow urine drinkers" & "idol worshippers". PTI should remove this joker from his post & charge him for discriminating against a religious minority. pic.twitter.com/0hNueDotbb
— Ammara Ahmad (@ammarawrites) March 4, 2019
Consequently, his comments have been garnering response from both the countries residing at either end of the border.
Pakistanis are unanimously asking for the guy to be sacked for discriminating our religious minorities.
The top three trends on Pakistani Twitter are around his statement.
People are asking for action to be taken right away with reference to what Islam teaches us.
It's time we take action against people who spread hatred against other religions. We've been taught in Islam to give respect to other's religion so that our can be respected. It's time we take human as a human. Totally supporting the hashtag & hindu sentiments. #SackFayazChohan
— Laraib Mehtab (@laraibmufc) March 5, 2019
Pakistani Hindus are naturally offended by the words of the provincial minister
I am Pakistani Hindu and demand removal of Chohan. #SackFayazChohan
— Sachin Gomani (@SachinSnu) March 4, 2019
I am Pakistani Hindu.
I felt no difference at any stage , among anyone , Pakistan is damn good state for us.
But these people like Fayaz Chohan should not represent my country.
I demand his removal as minister.#SackFayazChohan
— Karan Kumar (@karanJkh) March 4, 2019
It was also highlighted how Fayaz Chohan had embarrassed not only his party but also his whole country
Millions of Imran Khan & PTI supporters volunteer for Social Media Activism spending hours everyday promoting all the good work by Imran Khan, PTI & Pakistan. And this idiot goes on National TV with his disgusting, paindu hate speech.
I'm sorry, but it offends us!#SackFayazChohan
— Mariam's Madness (@mariamsmadness) March 4, 2019
— Imran Abid Rao (@imranrao) March 4, 2019
They also mentioned that the guy doesn’t deserve to represent PTI with his mindset.
Quite frankly, he doesn’t deserve to represent Pakistan.
Enough is enough. This despicable man with his sorry and gutter mindset doesn’t deserve to represent @PTIofficial or Punjab Govt. @ImranKhanPTI #SackFayazChohan now. @arslankhalid_m Please show this to the Prime Minister.! https://t.co/D5UKRtf4ke
— Janaab Comrade Musa (@MusaVirk18) March 4, 2019
Examples were shared of our Hindu brothers who have fought and sacrificed their lives for our country
This man from hindu family sacrificed his life for Pakistan.Minorities in Pakistan enjoy all kind of freedom regarding their religion, political activities n economic struggles. Minorities hv equal rights as majority in Pak. So plz #SackFayazChohan. @ShireenMazari1 take action.🙏 pic.twitter.com/KYJq2v9DYb
— Ambreen (@itx_halloween) March 4, 2019
People are offering apology to Hindu community on behalf of the provincial minister
#SackFayazChohan. I repeat, #SackFayazChohan.
No one has the right to disrespect any religion like this. Blasphemous, horrendous, inhumane, intolerant. My head boils as I type this.
I apologise to all Hindus who are hurt by this lousy POS. Plz know that he doesn't represent us.
— Fahim Uddin | فہیم | फहीम (@Fahim_ud_din) March 4, 2019
#Pakistan is for all. Do not discriminate against any religion. Discriminate against the bad. #Islam in the entire world is categorised because of some people’s doing. Same goes for other religions as well. Refrain from targeting! #SackFayazChohan
— Saadia Bakhtawar (@SaadiaBakhtawar) March 4, 2019
It was also mentioned that apologies from the government are not enough, we need to sack him now before he causes us more trouble.
Because we’re sure, he will.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) March 4, 2019
Exactlyyy. This is NOT the first time he's been THIS disgusting and the kind of sick mentality he has, I'm sure this will NOT be the last time.
— Fehmeen (@fanwar28) March 4, 2019
Some are even asking for blasphemy law to be exercised against him because being from the Muslim majority doesn’t give him the right to make such derogatory remarks against another religion
If Blasphemy laws in Pakistan are for all faiths equally, then #FayazChohan needs to be booked for blasphemy. He just can't get away just coz he belongs to Muslim majority. He needs to be punished for his disgusting remarks against the Hindu community.#SackFayazChohan
— SabahatMS (@SabahatMS) March 4, 2019
People even highlighted the relevant clause of Pakistan’s Penal Code.
Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code is particularly relevant here. “Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs” are punishable under this offence#SackFayazChohan #Hindus #FayyazMustResign pic.twitter.com/z0fQmPrBKJ
— Irtaza A Qayyum (@IrtazaBaloch1) March 4, 2019
Veteran actress Nadia Jamil also urged Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari, to look in to the matter.
Dear @ShireenMazari1 please do take heed of the awful way Fayaz Chohan dose to speak about a religion that belongs to many Pakistanis also. Many of us have found his words racist, dangerous, as they can incite violence against Hindu Pakistanis, & very offensive. Plz do stop him🇵🇰
— Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) March 4, 2019
To which, Shireen Mazari promptly replied saying she condemns this and no one should be given the right to attack someone else’s religion.
Furthermore, she said that Hindu citizens have sacrificed their lives for our country and that our PM always encourages us to respect them and “we cannot condone any kind of bigotry or spread of religious hatred”.
Absolutely condemn this. No one has the right to attack anyone else's religion. Our Hindu citizens have given sacrifices for their country. Our PM's msg is always of tolerance & respect & we cannot condone any form of bigotry or spread of religious hatred. https://t.co/uOTeyEg4Pb
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 4, 2019
Other party heads and the party itself had to speak up against the remarks after severe backlash
The derogatory and insulting remarks against the Hindu community by Fayyaz Chohan the Punjab Info Minister demand strict action. PTI govt will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the govt or from anyone. Action will be taken after consulting the Chief Minister.
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) March 4, 2019
Hindus of Pakistan are as much a part of the fabric of the nation as I am. Remember the flag of Pakistan is not just green….its not complete without the white which represents the minorities. Quaide Azam's whole struggle was for a country free of discrimination
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) March 4, 2019
#PTI Social Media condemns derogatory remarks. We respect all religions, Quaid said, “You may belong to any religion/caste/creed, that has nothing to do with business of State”, on same principles @ImranKhanPTI has always given minorities status they rightly deserve in Pakistan🇵🇰
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) March 4, 2019
This has gone too far now, we owe it to our Hindu fellow countrymen for their sacrifices to our country so we could walk on this soil as a free nation. The time to change is now. We, Pakistanis collectively and unanimously demand for the removal of any such representatives of Pakistan who cannot respect the beliefs of our minorities. It’s time to set a strong precedent against any kind of racism and bigotry that figures like Fayaz Chohan portray.
Lastly, to all Pakistanis who rejected the idea of hurting the sentiments of our Hindu friends, way to go! This is the Pakistan that we’ve longed for.