Pakistan Info Minister Awan withdraws resignation

Dr Firdaus tendered her resignation during the 100th session of the federal cabinet held under the chairmanship of Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 13:37 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdaus Ashfiq Awan has withdrawn her resignation after she offered to quit.

The decision comes in the wake of tensions between the Pakistan government and the army over the Memo Gate scandal.

Dr Firdaus tendered her resignation during the 100th session of the federal cabinet held under the chairmanship of Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.

But Gilani refused to accept her resignation and assured to address all her concerns regarding the Pakistan Information Ministry.

“The prime minister tore down my resignation and asked me to continue my work. I talked openly and expressed my reservations to the prime minister,” The Daily Times quoted Awan, as saying.

“I do not want to stick to a position where problems and hurdles are created in the effective running of the affairs of the ministry. Now I am satisfied. I always stand with party and leadership,” Dr Firdaus added.

She also stressed upon the need for a minister to be fully empowered to address people’s grievances.

“I want a position where I can deliver, perform and give relief to people. Only fully empowered minister can perform and deliver,” Awan said.

She questioned how a minister could perform if officials interfered in the ministry’s working.

She also vowed to work efficiently to implement the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) goals.

ANI