Two prominent Pakistani economists resigned from the Economic Advisory Council on Friday after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government asked one of them to step down.
Dr Atif Mian, a professor at Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, said he was resigning because the government was facing pressure regarding his appointment.
In a post on his Twitter account, he said he was ready to serve Pakistan as it was the country he was raised in and loved a great deal.
“Moving forward, I now hope and pray that the Economic Advisory Council is able to fulfil its mandate in the very best way so that the Pakistani people and nation can prosper and flourish,” he tweeted.
Just minutes earlier, Dr Asim ljaz Khawaja, a professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and a leading international economist of Pakistani origin, also stepped down from the EAC in protest after news Atif Mian’s resignation.
“Have resigned from EAC. Painful, deeply sad decision,” Dr Asim said in a message on Twitter, adding that “ever ready to help” Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter and said, “The government has decided to withdraw Dr Mian’s EAC appointment.”
“The government wants to move forward taking along ulema and all segments of the society, and if a different perception develops through a nomination, it is not right,” Chauhdry added.
“Atif Mian was asked to step down from the Advisory Council and he has agreed,” the PTI senator said. “A replacement would be announced later,” he added.
Atif Mian was asked to step down from the Advisory Council and he has agreed. A replacement would be announced later.