Economist Atif R. Mian, who was appointed to the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Economic Advisory Council (EAC), agreed to bow out from the council following the on-going controversy regarding his faith.
PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan took to Twitter on Friday morning and announced that Mian has agreed to give up his position on the council. A replacement will 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.
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) September 7, 2018
Later, Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhary also took to social media and backed up the Faisal’s statement and said the government has decided to pull out Dr Mian from the EAC because it wants to avoid differences amid ulema and social classes.
حکومت نے فیصلہ کیا ہے کہ عاطف میاں کی اقتصادی مشاورتی کمیٹی سے نامزدگی واپس لے لی جائے،حکومت علماء اور تمام معاشرتی طبقات کو ساتھ لے کر ہی آگے بڑھنا چاہتی ہے اور اگر ایک نامزدگی سے مختلف تاثر پیدا ہوتا ہے تو یہ مناسب نہیں۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 7, 2018
“The government has decided to withdraw Dr Mian’s EAC appointment,[because] government wants to move forward with ulema and social classes all together and it would not be appropriate if a single nomination creates discrepancy [among them]”, he tweeted.
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.