The former Google Executive Tania Aidrus returned to Pakistan to serve the country as Prime Minister’s Aide on Digital Landscape. However, today, Aidrus resigns from her post amidst criticism regarding her citizenship status.
She took to her Twitter account that her resignation was in favor of public interest. The decision came about when Aidrus faced criticism over having dual nationality – Canadian alongside Pakistani nationality. She also mentioned in her tweet that since this issue with her citizenship is affecting the project, she joined the public office for, this has become the ultimate reason for her resignation.
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
She states in her tweet that she will continue to work for the PM’s vision even if it is from outside the government. The former SAPM also attached her resignation letter in the tweet.
In the resignation letter, Tania Aidrus said that it was an honor to serve the PM. She also states that by heart, she will always be a Pakistani. However, her Canadain nationality was a result of her birth in Canada; she did achieve it through acquisition. But since that is hindering the PM and Aidrus’s shared vision for Digital Pakistan, she finds no other alternative than to resign.
Along with Aidrus, a few more SAPM resigned for the same reason; the criticism regarding their dual nationality. The opposition kickstarted this conflict, highlighting the citizenship status of these SAPMs. They also disclosed the details of the assets they hold outside Pakistan.
The former Google executive reflects:
“It is unfortunate that a Pakistani’s desire to serve Pakistan is clouded by such issues.”
Aidrus resigns from office with a promise:
“I shall continue to serve your vision and Pakistan through initiatives both in the private and public domain, where possible.”
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