• Friday, August 19, 2022

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Pakistan removes Ahmadi economist from key role following Islamist backlash

Atif Mian

By: Sarwar Alam

Pakistan’s new government cancelled the appointment of a renowned Princeton economist to its Economic Advisory Council, an official said on Friday (7), after a strong backlash against the choice of a member of the Ahmadi religious minority. The failure of prime minister Imran Khan’s government to resist pressure to drop economist Atif Mian reflects the increasing clout of hardline Islamists, whose parties won around 10 percent of the vote at the last election in July. Faced with a looming balance of payments crisis that may force the country to seek a fresh bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), or…

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