Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus announced on Wednesday that she was resigning from her post due to the criticism levied against the government because of her dual-citizenship which made her resign.
In a tweet today, Tania Aidrus said criticism levied towards the state as a consequence of her citizenship status was clouding the purpose of Digital Pakistan. She further said in the ‘greater public interest’ she had submitted her resignation to the PM.
In the letter of her resign, Tania Aidrus stated that she had returned to Pakistan with the singular intent to contribute and develop the vision of a Digital Pakistan. She added that her Canadian nationality, a consequence of her birth and not an acquisition of choice, served as a distraction to her ability to execute the long-term vision for a Digital Pakistan.
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
Aidrus was an active part of PM Imran’s drive to enhance digital space in Pakistan. A few days back, she also condemned the ban on YouTube hinted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Tania Aidrus said banning YouTube was not a solution. She also emphasized how the platform had led to the creation of thousands of jobs over the years. Aidrus recalled how Pakistan’s content creator ecosystem had been held back the three years when YouTube was banned in the country.
“Banning a platform like YouTube is not a solution. The 3 years when YouTube was banned in Pakistan it held back our content creator ecosystem which has just started to flourish now, creating employment opportunities for thousands,” she tweeted.
Twitter shocked with Tania’s sudden decision
Soon, after the resign of Tania Aidrus from her position, Twitter is disappointed for losing yet another talented person from the current Pakistani government.
Tania Aidrus did not resign, she was asked to resign as per soruces from PM Office
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) July 29, 2020
Tania Aidrus resigns, citing controversy over her dual nationality. Would other dual nationals follow suit if nationality is an issue. Or, she was asked to resign ?
— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) July 29, 2020
Just In: SAPM on Digital Pakistan initiative, Tania Aidrus(@taidrus) RESIGNS – The resignation comes after an unsubstantiated slander campaign against her by a section of the media, she left Google to assist Pakistan govt. https://t.co/kpJ2krl447
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) July 29, 2020
Tania Aidrus has exited the server. what a complete shambles.
— HawkesBay (Löuche) (@HawkesBay) July 29, 2020
There is absolutely no reason for Tania Aidrus to resign. @taidrus please reconsider.
— Saleeha (@saleeha4) July 29, 2020
Aidrus left biggest tech giant Google to serve her homeland Pakistan. However, it is not immediately clear whether the former Google executive, Tania Aidrus resign has been accepted or not.
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