Economic Advisory Council (Pakistan)

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Economic Advisory Council is a non-constitutional and independent body formed to give economic advice to the Government of Pakistan, specifically the Prime Minister.

Organization[edit]

In August, 2018, sitting government reconstitutes the council with following members formed by the PM on Ministry of Finance recommendation for the Finance division under its Implementations and Economic Reforms Unit:[1][2][3][4][5]

Chairman[edit]

Imran Khan, the current PM of Pakistan will Chair the council.[6][7][8][9]

Official Members[edit]

Private Sector Members[edit]

Among the members several retained their positions in Council from previous government, three members of the council belongs to non-economics background, and seven are ex or current office holder members including Asad Umar, on whose recommendations Council is formed.[10]

Council was also criticised for the lack of female representation.[11][12]

Resigned members[edit]

Inclusion of renowned economist Atif Mian resulted in a controversy when former Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza's social media team tweeted a racial and religious tweet against Mian, who belongs to Ahmadiyya faith.[13] However, she later apologized after receiving severe backlash.[14][15] Previously Khan, himself was under backlash for naming Mian as his cabinet's Finance Minister, but he withdraw Mian's name saying he did not knew that he belonged to Ahmadiyya community.[16] Initially, PTI has supported its decision on Mian's inclusion in Council.[17][18] However after days of biased social media criticism from extremist religious groups, senator Faisal Javed Khan announced on 7 September 2018 in a tweet that, "Atif Mian was asked to step down from the Advisory Council and he has agreed. A replacement would be announced later."[19][20][21]

On 7 September 2018, Dr Khwaja resigned from the EAC protesting the government’s decision to withdraw the nomination of Dr Mian.[22] On 8 September 2018, Dr Rasul became the second EAC member who resigned in protest over Dr Mian's removal.[23][24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PM Imran Khan constitutes Economic Advisory Council - Daily Times". Daily Times. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ Khan, Mubarak Zeb (September 2, 2018). "PM-led economic council formed to advise govt". Dawn News. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ "The Men Of EAC". The Nation. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ "PM Imran forms 18-member Economic Advisory Council". Dunya News. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Imran Khan ropes in foreign experts to rebuild Pakistan's debt-ridden economy - Firstpost". Press Trust of India. Firstpost. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Imran Khan ropes in foreign experts to rebuild Pakistan's debt-ridden economy - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  7. ^ "PM Khan sets up 18-member Economic Advisory Council". The News International. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Imran Khan ropes in foreign experts to rebuild Pakistan's economy". Khaleej Times. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  9. ^ Haider, Mehtab (September 2, 2018). "PM constitutes Economic Advisory Council". The News International. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  10. ^ Rana, Shahbaz (September 1, 2018). "Several Dar team members retained in reconstituted Economic Advisory Council". The Express Tribune. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  11. ^ Nayeem, Bushra (September 2, 2018). "List of female Pakistani economists who could have been on the economic advisory council". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Pakistanis slam govt over all-male Economic Advisory Council". The Indian Express. September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Twitterati slam PPP's Shehla Raza for dragging religion into politics". Pakistan Today. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ Qureshi, Zubair (September 3, 2018). "Shehla Raz apologises over 'hate tweet', sacks social media team". GulfNews. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Shehla Raza's bigotry exposed with her tweet against minority member of Economic Advisory Council". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-09-04. 
  16. ^ "Imran Khan backs off statement that he will make Ahmadi economist his Finance Minister". Rabwah Times. October 7, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Fawad Chaudhry defends Atif R Mian's appointment as economic advisor". Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Fawad Ch shuns criticism on Atif Mian's appointment". The Nation. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Atif Mian to step down from Economic Advisory Council after 'unanimous decision'". The Express Tribune. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
  20. ^ Chaudhry, Fahad (September 7, 2018). "Govt asks economist Atif Mian to step down from Economic Advisory Council". Dawn News. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Atif Mian asked to step down from Economic Advisory Council". September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018. 
  22. ^ Hussain, Danish (September 7, 2018). "Another economist resigns from EAC in protest against Atif Mian's removal". Express Tribune. 
  23. ^ Hussain, Danish (September 8, 2018). "Imran Rasul resigns from EAC in solidarity with Atif Mian". Express Tribune. 
  24. ^ "More embarrassment for govt as second economist resigns from EAC over Atif Mian's exclusion". Dawn. September 8, 2018.