Fayyazul Hassan Chohan out, Firdous Ashiq Awan in!

Two more Punjab ministers including Mehar Aslam and Zawar Hussain Warraich shown the door

By: News Desk      Published: 07:57 PM, 2 Nov, 2020
Fayyazul Hassan Chohan out, Firdous Ashiq Awan in!
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Punjab Information Minister Fayazul Hassan Chohan and two other ministers were removed from their offices on Monday.

According to a notification issued by the Punjab government, former special assistant to prime minister on information Firdous Ashiq Awan was appointed as Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information.

Two other ministers were also sacked including Corporative Minister Mehar Muhammad Aslam and Prison Minister Zawar Hussain Warraich.

The changes in Punjab cabinet were made after the consultation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

This was the second time Chohan had been removed from the office of information minister. However, he would continue to work as Colonies Minister. In March 2019, Chohan was fired over anti-Hindu remarks. The PTI leader had come under severe criticism after a video of him making the remarks had gone viral on social media.

Later in December 2019, Chohan was appointed Information Minister again.

Firdous Ashiq Awan

Firdous Ashiq Awan thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar over her new appointment.

Awan took to twitter and wrote: “I am greatly humbled and honored with the confidence that my great leader Imran Khan has shown in myself and my ability. I am also deeply thankful to the honourable CM Punjab for making me a part of his team. I will do my level best to honour this call to duty.”

In another tweet, she said: “It is with great humility that I accept this tremendous responsibility. God willing, I will try and do my level best to change the information Landscape of the Government of Punjab for the better to the best of my ability.”

On April 27, 2020, Firdous Ashiq Awan was removed as special assistant to prime minister on information and broadcasting. She was removed over corruption allegations. Former Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general Lieutenant General (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa replaced Awan in the federal cabinet. The PM also appointed Senator Shibli Faraz as federal minister for information.