Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan

Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018. He is currently serving as the Official Spokesperson to the Chief Minister of Punjab[1] and President of the Directorate General Public Relations. He has previously served as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information, Culture, Colonies and Prisons from 27 August 2018 to 30th March 2020.

Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan
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Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan in 2018
Provincial Minister of Punjab for Colonies
In office
6 July 2019 – 21 December 2020
Chief MinisterUsman Buzdar
Spokesperson Government of Punjab, Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2021
Chief MinisterUsman Buzdar
Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture
In office
2 December 2019 – 2 November 2020
Chief MinisterUsman Buzdar
In office
27 August 2018 – 5 March 2019
Chief MinisterUsman Buzdar
Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
Assumed office
15 August 2018
ConstituencyPP-17 (Rawalpindi-XII)
In office
2002–2007
ConstituencyRawalpindi
Provincial Minister of Punjab for Prisons
Assumed office
3 November 2020
Personal details
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970 (age 52)
Faisalabad, West Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Other political
affiliations
Jamaat-e-Islami (before 2008)
Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (-unknown)

Early life and educationEdit

He was born on 21 May 1970 in Lahore in a Chohan family of the Gujar tribe.[2]

He received the degree of Master of Arts in Economics from the University of the Sindh in 1994 [2]


Political careerEdit

Associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami,[3] he was elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) from Constituency PP-14 (Rawalpindi-XIV) in 2002 Pakistani general election. He received 13,738 votes and defeated Rashid Naseem Abbasi, a candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).[4] From 12 August 2003 till dissolution of assembly in 2007, he was the Chairperson of Standing Committee on Social Welfare, Women Development and Bait-ul-Maal and member of Standing Committee on Revenue, Relief & Consolidation.

He ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q) from Constituency from PP-14 (Rawalpindi-XIV) in 2008 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful. He received 4,166 votes and lost the seat to Hanif Abbasi.[5]

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Constituency PP-17 (Rawalpindi-XII) in 2018 Pakistani general election.[6] He received 40,919 votes and defeated Raja Abdul Hanif.[7]

On 27 August 2018, he was inducted into the provincial Punjab cabinet of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for information and culture.[8]

He resigned as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture on 5 March 2019 after intense criticism over his offensive remarks against the Hindu community.[9]

On 5 July 2019 he was re-inducted into Provincial Punjab Cabinet of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Colonies.

On 2 December 2019, He was again appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture. On 2 December 2020, He was removed from his post of Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture.

In November 2020, He was appointed as Provincial Minister of Punjab for Prisons.[10][11]

He is currently Serving as the Official Spokesperson to the Chief Minister of Punjab and President of the Directorate General Public Relations, Government of Punjab.

ViewsEdit

Shortly after becoming Provincial Minister of Punjab for information and culture in August 2018, he stirred a controversy when he used obscene language against TV channel staff during an interview on 30 August 2018.[12][13] The same day, he was videotaped passing "vulgar and derogatory misogynistic remarks" against female artists of Lollywood.[14][15][16] Both incidents earned him severe criticism.[17]

Fayyaz resigned in March 2019 from the Punjab provincial cabinet after some of his remarks in the wake of India-Pakistan conflict in 2019. In order to highlight how exalted his motherland Pakistan is vis-a-vis India, he downgraded Indians using vulgar and derogatory comments. This was particularly derogatory to the Hindu community of his country. He was asked for a clarification from Pakistan Punjab Province Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Prime Minister Imran Khan.[18] Chohan apologised for his derogatory remarks and insisted that his remarks were aimed at Indian armed forces and Indian government and not against any Hindu community. Though Chohan apologized, he had to resign from the cabinet.[19] Later on, he served as provincial information minister for Punjab government until his removal on 2 November 2020 and appointment as Minister for colonies.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fayaz-ul-Hassan Chohan | Office of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Government of the Punjab". cm.punjab.gov.pk. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  2. ^ a b "Punjab Assembly". www.pap.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ Faizan Bangash (3 December 2019), "Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan becomes Punjab Info Minister again", The News International. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ "2002 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ "2008 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Pakistan election 2018 results: National and provincial assemblies". Samaa TV. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Election Results 2018 – Constituency Details". www.thenews.com.pk. The News. Archived from the original on 29 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  8. ^ Malik, Mansoor (28 August 2018). "Punjab cabinet sworn in: Only 15 out of 23 ministers given portfolios". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ Farooq, Umer (5 March 2019). "Fayyaz Chohan resigns as Punjab minister amid criticism over derogatory remarks against Hindus". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan appointed provincial minister for prisons".
  11. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (2020-11-04). "Chohan gets additional charge of prisons dept". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  12. ^ "Punjab info minister loses cool during TV interview". Geo News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  13. ^ "PTI minister's foul language puts Punjab govt in hot waters". The News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  14. ^ "VIDEO: Fayaz ul Hasan Chohan passes obscene remarks in Lollywood-related mixed gathering". Daily Pakistan Global. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Punjab information minister bans 'vulgar' film posters, derides entertainment industry". DAWN.COM. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Punjab information minister creates another controversy". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ Malik, Mansoor (31 August 2018). "Chohan at the centre of bad press after remarks against stage actors". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Pakistan minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan resigns over anti-Hindu remarks". India Today. India Today. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Pakistan minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan resigns over anti-Hindu remarks". India Today. 5 March 2019.
  20. ^ Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan removed as Punjab's information minister, Geo News, 2 November 2020.