Hinduphobic Pakistan’s provincial minister Fayyazul Hasan Chohan has been removed as the information minister for Punjab. In his place, former federal government spokesperson Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has been brought in.
According to Dawn, this is the fifth replacement of Punjab information minister in just two years. Apparently Prime Minister Imran Khan is not happy with his media team in Punjab and in order to address different issues. Motor-mouth Chohan, who previously held the colonies portfolio and additional charge of information, was removed on Monday and will now only hold the portfolio of the Punjab colonies minister, according to a notification issued by the Punjab Services and General Administration Department, Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported.
As per the report, Chohan has been in out of the Information Ministry. This is the second time Chohan has been stripped of the information portfolio. Chohan was sacked as the provincial information minister in March last year after he faced heavy criticism on social media for his derogatory remarks directed towards the Hindu community.
He was appointed again as Punjab information minister only months later, Dawn said, replacing Mian Aslam Iqbal, who had excused himself from the charge.
Firdous Awan, who was a PPP stalwart before she joined the PTI in May 2017, was named the special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on information and broadcasting in April 2019, eight months after the PTI chief took office.