After the appointment of Atif Mian, there was an uproar in the country by the extremists disapproving the appointment.
Soon after the selection of Atif R Mian and other members was announced, the Princeton graduate and ace economist was asked to resign from the Economic Advisory Council by the government.
The Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhary tweeted saying that the government had decided to withdraw the nomination of Dr. Atif Mian to the EAC on the grounds that “it wants to avoid division”.
Fawad Choudary also said that,
“The government wants to move forward alongside scholars and all social groups, and it is inappropriate if a single nomination creates an impression to the contrary,”
“Khatm-i-Nabuwwat [belief in the finality of the prophethood] is a part of our faith and the recent success achieved by the government in the matter of blasphemous sketches is reflective of the same connection,”
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After the resignation of Dr. Atif Mian, another member of the EAC, Asim Ijaz Khwaja also resigned from his position from the council.
Asim Khawaja, who is the co-director of Harvard University’s Evidence for Policy Design unit announced that he will not be the part of the council and said that he can not justify Mian’s resignation as a Muslim.
He took to Twitter to announce his resignation.
After him, Imran Rasul also stepped down from the council. Mr. Imran Rasul is a professor of economics at the University College London. He said that the reason due to which Atif Mian was asked to resign is totally against the principals that he is teaching to his children and he strongly condemn it. As a protest, he also leaves Prime Miniter Imran Khan’s Advisory council
is disappointed with the government which, according to him, showed his best and worst in the past 10 days.
He says that if there is one person that Pakistan needs for correcting its Economic issues, its Dr. Atif Mian.
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However, he said he will be there to give a helping hand whenever the country needs his advice.