Another economist pulls himself out of EAC in protest of Dr. Mian’s resignation

Another economist Dr Imran Rasul has resigned from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) following the government decision to step down US-based academic Dr Atif R. Mian from the council following the on-going controversy regarding his religious faith.

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Dr. Imran took to Twitter and made the announcement of his resignation ‘with a heavy heart.’

The economist said he “The circumstances in which Mian was asked to step down [from the council] are the one i profoundly disagree. Basing decisions on religious affiliation goes against my principles, or the values I am trying to teach my children.”

In a thread of tweets, Dr Rasul stood for Mian’s appointment to the advisory council, saying “if there was one academic on the EAC that Pakistan needs, it was Atif Mian”.


“Resolving the macro and fiscal mess the country is in will lay the bedrock for social protection, poverty alleviation policies and other economic reforms the country also needs,” he reminded.

He added that the formation of the EAC and the panel’s composition offered a great opportunity to devise a better economic policy.


In a concluding tweet, He wished the government and the EAC luck in their future undertakings, the professor said he remains willing to offer “non-partisan, evidence-based advice” that can help improve economic policymaking in Pakistan.

Economist Asim Khawaja, a professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and a leading international economist of Pakistani origin, was the first member of EAC who pulled himself out from the council in protest after the news of Mian’s resignation.

Dr. Mian’s resignation:

The Princeton University economist said he had resigned for the sake of the Pakistan’s government stability, which he said had been under a lot of adverse pressure from Muslim clerics and their supporters.


He further said “Nevertheless, he will always be ready to serve Pakistan as it is the country in which I was raised and which I love a great deal.”


“Serving my country is an inherent part of my faith and will always be my heartfelt desire,” he affirmed.

“Moving forward, I now hope and pray that the Economic Advisory Council is able to fulfill its mandate in the very best way so that the Pakistani people and nation can prosper and flourish,” he wished.


“My prayers will always be with Pakistan and I will always be ready to help it in any way that is required.”

 

The appointment of Dr Mian to the 18-member EAC was contradicted by various groups, including Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), who voiced their reservations over his faith.

However, PTI stance to pull out Dr. Mian from the council left everyone bemused as three days ago PTI government stood their ground over his appointment, terming that they will “not bow to extremists” and will struggle for a Pakistan envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam.

 

 

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