Pakistan minister quits over remarks against minority Hindus

LAHORE, Pakistan — A spokesman says a provincial Pakistani minister has resigned after criticizing the country's minority Hindu community in the wake of heightened tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.

Shahbaz Gill, a government spokesman, says Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, information minister in Punjab, stepped down Tuesday.

Chohan drew nationwide condemnation over a weekend speech in which he conflated Indians with Pakistan's Hindu community and made derogatory remarks against their religion.

Chohan's comments prompted the ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party to call for his resignation.

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