Tania Aidrus as the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan and Zafar Mirza as the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on National Health Services have resigned.
Tania was targeted for her dual nationality after the cabinet division published the assets and citizenships of all special assistants and advisers in prime minister’s cabinet.
According to Aidrus’s documents, she is a Canadian national with a Singaporean residency. She posted her resignation letter on Twitter on Wednesday and wrote in it “I always was and shall be a Pakistani”.
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 SAPM role. I will continue to serve my country and the PM’s vision to my best ability pic.twitter.com/BWBvBvO6uz— Tania Aidrus (@taidrus) July 29, 2020
After Tania Aidrus, Zafar Mirza also took to social-networking platform Twitter to announce his resignation, stating, “I have resigned as SAPM. I came to Pakistan on a personal invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan leaving WHO. I worked hard & honestly. It was a privilege to serve Pakistan. I am satisfied that I leave at a time when COVID-19 has declined in Pakistan as a result of a grand national effort.”
He further added, “Due to ongoing negative discussion about the role of SAPMs & criticism on the gov, I choose to resign. Pakistani people deserve a better health care. I have worked sincerely to contribute to this cause. Pakistan will Inshallah emerge out of COVID-19 with a stronger health care system.”
Due to ongoing negative discussion about the role of SAPMs & criticism on the gov, I choose to resign. Pakistani people deserve a better health care. I have worked sincerely to contribute to this cause. ?? will Inshallah emerge out of COVID-19 with a stronger hlth care system.— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) July 29, 2020