LAHORE: The bold, brazen and often emotional Punjab’s Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan left the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters red-faced as a video of him unleashing his infamous ‘tongue tornadoes’ at a public gathering in Lahore surfaced on social media.
The PTI’s provincial minister issued irresponsible comments in his usual carefree style while advocating for a ban on ‘vulgar’ film posters outside cinemas and passed derogatory, misogynistic and below the belt remarks on female artists/actresses.
Several attendees, including PTI supporters, condemned the unfiltered non-parliamantary use of language in the gathering attended by women.
The Punjab minister created another controversy earlier after he was seen abusing a private TV channel’s technical staff in reaction to being asked by a talk show host over his controversial remarks in the past.
Senior PTI leader Aleem Khan condemned Chohan’s behaviour.
Chohan should not have said such things, Aleem said while adding that a complaint must have been lodged with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
In a statement issued later in the day, Chohan said baseless propaganda was being done against him and Prime Minister Imran Khan, implying him standing by and owning the recent controversies surrounding him.
The firebrand politician 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 Pakistani general election, 2002. He received 13,738 votes and defeated Rashid Naseem Abbasi, a candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
He ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) from Constituency from PP-14 (Rawalpindi-XIV) in Pakistani general election, 2008 but was unsuccessful. He received 4,166 votes and lost the seat to Hanif Abbasi.
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 Pakistani general election, 2018. He received 40,919 votes and defeated Raja Abdul Hanif.
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.