Fayazul Hasan Chohan ignites controversy, calls disabled children a 'punishment of God' - Pakistan Today

Fayazul Hasan Chohan ignites controversy, calls disabled children a ‘punishment of God’

Punjab Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Tuesday said traders who stock up on illicit and illegal profits by hoarding items in times of need are the kind of people who get ‘punished’ in the shape of disabled children.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader was holding a press conference on the coronavirus situation here in Lahore for appealing to traders to not hoard masks, sanitisers or any other product that is needed during the pandemic.

“Those who do illegal hoarding will face the wrath of God not only on the day of judgment but also during their lives as their children will be born disabled,” Chohan said.

“When such people have disabled children then the whole society knows why they have these kinds of children. They are Allah’s azaab,” he added.

The minister was also rebuked by Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari.

“Special children are not an “azaab” [punishment] but are special human beings to be cared for and loved and allowed to develop their own potential. In fact, no child can ever be an “azaab”, and for anyone to make such a cruel, inhumane statement is absolutely unforgivable and condemnable,” she tweeted.

Further, a user on Twitter clarified that the Quran was being misquoted whereas there is a clear difference between azaab and trails.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan  (HRCP) also condemned the minister.

Another user on Twitter pointed out that Chohan has a history of problematic statements which cause harm to society.

It may be noted here that in March 2019, the PTI minister had made derogatory remarks directed against the Hindu community for which he was sacked for some time but was reinstated soon after the matter cooled down.

On another occasion a few months prior to that, Chohan, while talking to reporters in Lahore, had repeatedly used the word “Kashmiri” with the names of Sharif family members, reportedly in a scornful way.

One Comment;

  1. barbara10 said:

    Often disabled children are the result of marrying cousins or other relatives. Since these excessively close marriages are so common in Pakistan, it’s terrible for a government official to cover up the real reason for many births of disabled children. It’s also very cruel to the couples who did everything right, yet were unfortunate.