Islamabad: Atif Mian, a descendant of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani, on Friday resigned from Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of Pakistan.
Atif's appointment to the powerful body, had created stir all across the country. Giving in to widespread anger, newly formed Imran Khan government in Pakistan asked Atif to step down. Atif put in his papers soon later.
Atif Mian, a professor at Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, said he was resigning because the government was facing pressure regarding his appointment. In a post on Twitter, he said he was ready to serve Pakistan as it was the country he was raised in and loved a great deal.
"Moving forward, I now hope and pray that the Economic Advisory Council is able to fulfil its mandate in the very best way so that the Pakistani people and nation can prosper and flourish," he tweeted.
According to a tweet by Senator Javed, Atif Mian agreed to give up his position on the council. "A replacement will be announced later", Javed said.
Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhary later confirmed the development, saying the government has decided to withdraw the nomination of Dr Mian from the EAC because it wants to avoid division.
The Ahmadiyya community has its origin in Qadian in Gurdaspur district of Punjab where its founder Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani was born in 1835.
The Ahmadiyyas, also known as Ahmadis, believe that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was not the last prophet. For Muslims, the belief that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the final prophet is very important. This is why they are not Muslims.
In 1974, the Ahmadiyya community was declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani government. In 1984, General Zia Ul Haq passed an ordinance prohibiting the Ahmadiyyas from using Islamic phrases and greetings, and calling "Masjid" their place of worship.
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