Major Setback to the Govt on Economic front as Two More members of EAC Resigned


Economic Advisory Council, which was formed with very high hopes by the PTI Govt and inclusion of prestigious Pakistani economists, who are currently working at World top Universities was being pitched as success of Government of Imran Khan, has lost it’s intellect after the controversial circumstances, in which Mr. Atif Mian was asked to step down.

First to follow Mr. Atif Mian was a highly respected economist, Professor Asim Ijaz Khawaja, who is Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. He announced his resignation through tweet “Have resigned from EAC. Painful, deeply sad decision. Grateful for chance to aid analytical reasoning but not when such values compromised. Personally as a Muslim I can’t justify this. May Allah forgive/guide me&us all.Ever ready to help.Pakistan Paindabad”



Third jolt to the Economic Advisory Council is now resignation of another economist Mr. Imran Rasul, who is Professor of Economics at University College London. He regretted the circumstances, in which Mr. Atif Mian was asked to step down on the basis of his faith.


In series of his tweets, Professor Imran Rasul shared his thoughts on Economic Advisory Council.





Experts consider this a major set back to the current team on economic front especially when it is struggling to announce a clear economic revival strategy.

Earlier, The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has asked Princeton University economist Atif R. Mian to step down from the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Economic Advisory Council (EAC), PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan announced.

According to a Friday morning tweet by Javed, Mian has agreed to give up his position on the council. A replacement will be announced later, he added.


The appointment of Dr Mian of Princeton University (Department of Member Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy) to the 18-member EAC set up to advise the government on economic policy was opposed by some individuals and groups, including Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), who objected to his Ahmadi faith.

Also Minister for Information Mr. Fawad Chaudary mentioned in his tweet that the Govt wants to move forward by taking along religious leaders and all social segments of the society.


The news of his removal from the body comes as a surprise since the PTI government had only three days ago defended the academic’s nomination, saying in categorical terms that it will “not bow to extremists”.

“Pakistan belongs as much to minorities as it does to the majority,” Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhary had told a press conference in Islamabad, amidst a vicious online campaign targeting Dr Mian for his Ahmadiyya faith.

Chaudhry had taken to Twitter to recall that “Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah appointed Sir Zafar Ullah [also an Ahmadi] as Foreign minister of Pakistan; we’ll follow [the] principles of Mr Jinnah, not of extremists.”

His thoughts were echoed by Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari, who tweeted: “Exactly. Well put indeed. Time to reclaim space for the Quaid’s Pakistan!”.

Smear campaign

A social media smear campaign had erupted against the economist’s appointment, with many calling for his removal.

A call-to-attention notice had also been submitted in the Senate by opposition parties against Mian’s inclusion in the EAC. The notice bore the signatures of the PML-N, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party members.

No member of the PPP had signed the document, with the party making it clear that it would not be part of a witch-hunt based on someone’s faith.

A large number of detractors had also shown support for Mian, saying that one’s religion should not factor into their professional qualifications or employment.

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