Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tania Aidrus and Zafar Mirza on Wednesday submitted their resignations to the Prime Minister as they were facing strict criticism from the opposition parties over their dual citizenships.
Mirza, while announcing his resignation said “I have resigned as Special ASsistant to the PM. I came to Pakistan on a personal invitation of Imran Khan leaving the World Health Organisation. I worked hard and honestly. It was a privilege to serve Pakistan. I am satisfied that I am leaving at a time when COVID-19 has declined as a result of a grand national effort.”
“Due to ongoing negative discussion about the role of SAPMs & criticism on the gov, I choose to resign. Pakistani people deserve better health care. I have worked sincerely to contribute to this cause. Pakistan will Inshallah emerge from the COVID-19 with a stronger hlth care system,” he added in his tweet.
On the other hand, Aidrus after resigning tweeted that “criticism levied towards the state as a consequence of my citizenship status is clouding the purpose of Digital Pakistan. In the greater public interest, I have submitted my resignation from the special assistant to prime minister role. I will continue to serve my country and the PM’s vision to my best ability.”
In her resignation letter, she said “It has been an honour and privilege to serve you [PM Imran Khan] since earlier this year; I am grateful to you for reposing your trust in me.”
“I believe the recent discourse in the public sphere about my Canadian nationality, which is a consequence of my birth and not an acquisition of choice, is a distraction to my ability to execute on the long-term vision for a digital Pakistan. It is unfortunate that a PAkistani’s desire to serve Pakistan is clouded by such issues.”
“I always was and shall be a Pakistani.”