Top international economist Atif Mian breaks silence over issue of his resignation

Top international economist Atif Mian breaks silence over issue of his resignation
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ISLAMABAD - Top international economist Atif Mian has broken silence over his resignation from the Economic Advisory Council of Pakistan.

He said on Friday that he has resigned from the Economic Advisory Council “for the sake of stability of the government of Pakistan” which was facing a lot of adverse pressure on his appointment.

The appointment of Atif Mian , who belongs to the minority Ahmadiyya community, had sparked a controversy with some religious groups calling for the resignation of Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry for defending the government decision.

However, the information minister took to the popular micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday to announce the government decision to withdraw the nomination of Atif Mian , a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated Pakistani-American economics professor at the prestigious Princeton University.

Another PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan said the government asked Atif Mian to step down from the Economic Advisory Council and he has agreed.

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