Chohan had come under intense criticism from senior members of his party’s government and social media users over his recent derogatory remarks directed against the Hindu community.
The firebrand PTI leader’s resignation came following reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan had himself taken notice of his remarks, although those reports were denied by the party.
Chohan held a meeting with Buzdar later in the day, according to Gill. Following the meeting, Chohan said that he was neither asked for nor has he resigned. However, the veracity of his denials were called into question later in the day when Gill confirmed that Chohan had indeed tendered his resignation.
The minister, known for his tub-thumping manner of speech, was addressing an event in Lahore on February 24 when responding to India’s rhetoric in the aftermath of the Pulwama bombing, he conflated Indians with Hindus and used disparaging words for the religious community.