Rehman Chishti resigns from Tory office and PM Trade Envoy portfolio on Brexit and AasiaBibi issue


LONDON: In wake of wave of opposition and resigning from the government and the Parliament over the volatile issue of Brexit, British ruling Conservative Party suffered another jerk on Thursday (November 15) when its Vice Chairman and PM Trade Envoy to Pakistan, Rehman Chishti MP resigned from both portfolios.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Theresa May on 15th November, Rehman Chishti openly opposed her policy on Brexit and termed it absolute contradiction to the promises made to public in election manifesto. “It was clear that leaving the EU means leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, that the UK will be taking back control over our laws, our borders and our money”, he stated.

The second point of his resignation was Pakistani Christian woman Aasia Bibi’s case. He complained that the government has dealt this case inappropriately. “This is a case that I have worked on passionately since 2012, alongside Bishop Michael Nazir Ali (former Bishop of Rochester) to ensure that justice is done which was handed down by the Pakistan Supreme Court only recently”, he wrote.

Rehman Chishti added; “What I found shocking, is that the British Government is failing to put into practice the core values that our country 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 that we can to help them. The Government should not wait to see if another country offers sanctuary, we should have had the conviction to lead on this matter and offer sanctuary ourselves straight away”.

Rehman Chishti drew the attention of Prime Minister Theresa May towards his letter sent to her on 13th November and said this letter has now the support of 124 British Parliamentarians of both houses. He once again requested for her personal intervention in this case and to ensure that a morally right decision is finally made which takes into account of British core values, irrespective of the position that any other country may take on this.

Referring his appointment as PM Trade Envoy to Pakistan, he said that he enjoyed this responsibility for the past 14 months for a country that he passionately care about. The UK-Pakistan Trade Team has done fantastic work and the trade between the two countries has increased by over 10% in the last year alone and now stands at £2.9 billion.

It is pertinent to mention that Rehman Chishti, Member of Parliament from Gillingham and Rainham, is staunch supporter of human rights and supports the Kashmir cause.