Moments ago it was announced that the PTI government required Princeton University graduate and member of the Economic Advisory Council, Atif R. Mian to step down. The news was announced on social media by PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan.

In his tweet Khan revealed that Mian had agreed to the surrender and his replacement would soon be announced. Atif Mian’s appointment in the Economic Advisory council was based on his merit to advise the government on all future economic policies. However, this decision was heavily opposed by various individuals and most prominently, members of Tehreek-e-Labbaik.

The reason for this opposition is Atif Mian’s Ahmadi faith.

Despite standing their ground and guarding their decision, PTI had declared their support for Mian just 3 days ago. PTI members openly declared that their constitution does not intend to bend in the face of religious extremists. Fawad Chaudhary even made a statement in support of all the minorities and called them an equal part of Pakistan.

His statement was released in the midst of a chaotic campaign that demanded the removal of someone with an Ahmadi faith from the advisory council. Chaudhary even referred to Jinnah’s decisions and how the founder of Pakistan supported and set principles that did not discriminate based on religious beliefs. Soon after, all PTI elected members followed suit and voiced their support for Mian.

Much to everyone’s dismay, Mian’s removal comes as a surprise. The statements released by Chaudry, Mazari and others led to a Smear campaign on social media. The campaign openly demanded the removal of Mian’s person from the council. Several notices from various parties were also submitted demanding quick action.

PPP openly defied the notices and declared its lack of participation in all actions that discriminate on the basis of someone’s faith.

Despite several having shown incredible support for Mian, quoting his qualification for the role he had been assigned; they evidently succumbed to the pressure.

Several people have taken to social media to commend PTI for their desire to defend Mian. But the question remains, is the mere desire to incite change enough? How different is Naya Pakistan if we keep giving into extremist elements? 


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