Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jemima in stinging attack on Pak govt

Jemima in stinging attack on Pak govt

Days after information minister claimed that government would not bow down before extremists; Fawad Chaudhry on Friday announced to withdraw nomination of Atif Mian as member of Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

The Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslims but their recognition of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the sect in British-ruled India in 1889, as a "subordinate prophet" is viewed by numerous Sunni majority as a breach of the Islamic tenet that the Prophet Mohammad was God's last direct messenger.

He said the state of Madina is the ideal of Prime Minister Imran Khan, adding that the premier and his cabinet members love their Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

Their homes and places of worship are often targeted by Sunni militants who consider them heretics.

"Indefensible & v [very] disappointing".

After receiving opposition from far-right groups who objected the appointment of Atif Mian on grounds of his faith, the Pakistan government has chose to ask the leading academic to relinquish his role as the economic advisor. New Pak gov asks renowned & respected Prof of economics to stand down because of his Ahmadi faith.

Rasul said while Pakistan is full of talent, it "needs leaders willing to draw on all this talent, and that are willing to appeal to our better sides, for the common good and not sow division".

Watching the SC Dump Section 377
As the news spread, the streets outside the courthouse erupted in cheers as opponents of the law danced and waved flags. The law - known as Section 377 - held that intercourse between members of the same sex was against the order of nature.

"Basing decisions on religious affiliation goes against my principles, or the values I am trying to teach my children", he said.

The first meeting of the recently reconstituted 18-member council was presided over by Imran on Thursday.

On Friday, the PTI-led government backed down over its decision to appoint Atif Mian, a MIT-educated Pakistani-American economics professor at Princeton University, to the EAC.

Aged 43, and a scholar in the field of finance and macroeconomics, Mian is regarded as one of the world's top young economists.

On Thursday, protesting the government's decision to withdraw the nomination of Atif Mian on the EAC, celebrated economist Asim Ijaz Khwaja resigned from the newly-formed body, saying "being a Muslim I can't justify this".

His appointment was embroiled in a controversy after it was opposed by several individuals and reigiuos groups, including the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), who objected to his Ahmadi faith.

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