PM Imran asks Amanullah Yasinzai to step down as Balochistan governor


ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked Balochistan Governor Justice (retd) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai to resign, saying he wants to replace him as “transformed political challenges Pakistan faces requires” a change.

In a letter to Yasinzai, the premier said he was unable to see him in person owing to the prevalent Covid-19 situation in the country.

“It has been a pleasure to have worked with you, striving for creation of a welfare state and especially looking after the problems of people of the province of Balochistan,” read the letter.

“However, given the current political situation, dexterity and deftness is needed at this Juncture for a delicate balancing act to simultaneously ensure political inclusion and fulfilment of our commitment towards the people of Pakistan.”

“Above in view, I intend to appoint a new governor in Balochistan and would, therefore, request you to resign.”

“This, of course, does not in any way reflect adversely on your competence or performance; it is just that the transformed political challenges Pakistan faces at present require, I believe, a change,” the prime minister concluded.

President Arif Alvi appointed as the governor of Balochistan on the recommendation of Prime Minister Imran Khan in October 2018.

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