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Tania Aidrus resigns as PM’s special assistant over citizenship criticism

She is a Canadian citizen by birth

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jul 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

Tania Aidrus, the special assistant to the prime minister on Digital Pakistan, has resigned.

She posted her resignation letter on Twitter on Wednesday.

Aidrus, a former Google executive, took charge as the head of Digital Pakistan in December 2019 and was appointed special assistant in February 2020.

She faced criticism after the cabinet division published the assets and citizenships of the special assistants and advisers in prime minister’s cabinet. Aidrus is a Canadian national with a Singaporean residency.

Read more: Tania Aidrus, the new chief of Digital Pakistan Vision campaign

In her Tweet, she said criticism levied towards the state as a consequence of her citizenship status was “clouding the purpose of Digital Pakistan”.

However, in her letter she wrote that “I always was and shall be a Pakistani”.

“I believe the recent discourse in the public sphere about my Canadian nationality, which is a consequence of my birth and not an acquisition of choice, is a distraction to my ability to execute on the long term vision for a Digital Pakistan.”

She said it was unfortunate that a Pakistani’s desire to serve Pakistan was clouded by such issues.

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