SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD:In a statement on Twitter, the FO spokesperson said, “Pakistan proudly owns the white in the flag as much as the green, values contributions of the Hindu community and honours them as our own.”

The Foreign Office’s tweet came on the heels of derogatory remarks of Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, against the Hindu community.

However, Chohan in a statement tendered an apology to the minority community, explaining that he had made such remarks while addressing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I was addressing the Indian prime minister, military and media.”

“I apologise if [my remarks] hurt the Hindu community residing in Pakistan,” he said.

Taking a strong exception to Chohan’s ‘insulting’ remarks, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haq said action will be taken against him after consulting Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

In a tweet, Naeemul Haq, “ 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.”