UK's trade envoy to Pakistan resigns over inaction in Aasia Bibi asylum case

Rehman Chishti also cited draft agreement for leaving EU as reason for stepping down

News Desk November 15, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's trade envoy to Pakistan on Thursday stepped down over his country's handling of the Aasia Bibi's asylum case, as well as, the draft agreement for leaving the EU.

Rehman Chishti, who was also serving as the Conservative party's junior vice chairman is now the fifth significant politician to hand in their notice today.

"This is a case I have worked on passionately since 2012, to ensure that justice is done which was handed down by the Pakistan's Supreme Court recently," the letter addressed to PM May read.

Aasia Bibi's lawyer concerned over his family's security in Pakistan

"What I find shocking is that the British government is failing to put into the practice the values it stands for; religious freedom, justice, morally doing the right thing, and that when we see injustice where an individual's life is in clear danger and they have been persecuted for their faith, we do all we can to help them," he went on to add.

"The government should not wait to see if any other country offers sanctuary, we should have had the conviction to lead on this matter and offer sanctuary straight away," the statement read further.

Chishti wrote, "At the outset, this, for me, is about delivering to the British people at the General Election last year in our manifesto, that leaving the European Union means leaving the single market and customs union."

"It would not be appropriate for me to continue in these roles, which I very much enjoy, as it would require me to advocate for a position which I feel is contrary to our firm manifesto commitment."

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Sonny Jose | 4 years ago | Reply He should give up his citizen ship and accept Pakistan's. This is the right way to.protest.Any how one Indian origin will get this job.Thanks.
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