A day after Fayaz Chohan was removed from the Punjab cabinet over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community, Syed Samsam Ali Bukhari took oath as Punjab’s information minister in Lahore, Radio Pakistani reported.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar administered the oath on Wednesday. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and other senior officials attended the oath ceremony.
Following his outburst against Hindus, Punjab information minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan was removed from his post on Tuesday, a provincial government spokesperson confirmed.
Chohan resigned after Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar asked him to step down, Express News quoted Dr Shahbaz Gill as saying.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Twitter account also confirmed the development.
“PTI Punjab government has removed Fayyaz Chohan from the post of Punjab Information Minister following derogatory remarks about the Hindu community,” the account tweeted. “Bashing someone’s faith should not be a part of any narrative. Tolerance is the first and foremost pillar on which Pakistan was built.”
The former Punjab minister had used foul language against the Hindu community while criticising India.
“You cow urine-drinking people, listen to me… we are Muslims and we have the flag of Hazrat Ali (RA) and Hazrat Umar (RA)’s bravery. You don’t have that flag,” he had said in a media talk on Monday. “Idol-worshippers” shouldn’t operate under the delusion that they are better than Pakistan.”
Leaders of the different political parties slammed Punjab’s information minister for the derogatory remarks.