Anti-Hindu banners: Imran Khan’s party leader apologises after social media criticism
PTI's Lahore General Secretary Akram Usman had put up posters offensive to Hindus in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was observed across Pakistan on February 5.
A Lahore-based leader of Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, who put up banners with a slogan offensive to the minority Hindus in the country, has apologised after coming under fire from netizens as well as the party.
The party’s Lahore General Secretary Akram Usman had put up posters in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was observed across the country on February 5, with the slogan "Hindu baat se nahi, laat se maanta hai" (Hindus cannot be reasoned with using words but by force).
The banners also featured the images of Usman along with Imran Khan and Muhammad Ali Jinnah -- the founder of Pakistan.
This is not the first incident involving a leader of the ruling party. In March last year, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan was removed as the Punjab Information and Culture Minister amid intense criticism over his derogatory remarks against the Hindu community.
Usman came under fierce criticism on social media for the posters. Following that, he took to Twitter to apologise to "all peacefully living 'Hindus' (on) both sides of the border".
It’s mistakenly written by printer “Hindu” instead of “Modi” I apologies all peacefully living “Hindus” living both sides of the border. pic.twitter.com/rYR6fta356— Mian Akram Usman (@toakram) February 5, 2020
Then it’s your responsibility to get them all taken down! and apologise to the Hindu community.— ملکMalik (@Malik__73) February 5, 2020
And also please dont insult anyone's flag...flags are always reason of pride for its national— Sumaira Khan (@sumrkhan1) February 5, 2020
Never seen a printer which prints hindu instead of https://t.co/NUms7QiJZs shows mentality of either you or typist— Mayank Dixit (@MAYANKDlXIT) February 5, 2020
This is wrong remove these posters no one have ri8 to blame any religion for act of an individual nd we have our Hindus living here atleast think ab8 them.— Laraib Ali Magsi???? (@Laraib_Magsi) February 5, 2020
Usman told DawnNewsTV that he had asked his printer to prepare posters in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day which should have slogans critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But the printer "misunderstood" the directions and replaced the word "Modi" with "Hindu" on the banners, said the PTI leader.
Responding to a Twitter user, Usman said the posters had been removed "immediately" after they came to his notice.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari in a tweet on Thursday said Usman had been "reprimanded and posters were taken off immediately".
She termed it "a shameful and ignorant approach by the individual".