Ex-wife Jemima tears into Imran Khan as 2 more economists quit govt

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ISLAMABAD: Jemima Goldsmith, the UK-based former wife of Pakistan PM Imran Khan, has launched a scathing attack on her ex-husband’s government for withdrawing the nomination of noted economist Atif Mian from a newly-constituted economic panel “because of his minority faith”.
Goldsmith’s indictment followed resignations by two more economists – Harvard Kennedy School professor Dr Asim Ijaz Khwaja late on Friday and London-based Dr Imran Rasul on Saturday – from the Economic Advisory Council in protest against the removal of Mian due to his Ahmadi faith.
“Have resigned from EAC. Painful, deeply sad decision. Grateful for chance to aid analytical reasoning but not when such values compromised. Personally as a Muslim I can’t justify this. May Allah forgive/guide me & us all. Ever ready to help. Pakistan Paindabad,” Dr Khwaja said on his Twitter handle.
Dr Rasul announced his resignation on Saturday in a series of tweets. “The circumstances in which Atif was asked to step down are ones I profoundly disagree with. Basing decisions on religious affiliation goes against my principles,” he said.But the most stinging attack on the PM came from more intimate quarters. Goldsmith, 44, who is prolific on social media, tweeted her disappointment at Khan’s apparent bowing to far-right pressure. “Indefensible & v (very) disappointing. New Pak gov asks renowned & respected Prof of economics to stand down because of his Ahmadi faith,” Goldsmith said in a tweet on Friday.