When someone resigns from office citing the need to spend more time with the family, it usually means that the parting has been less than amicable. So it may be with Yaseen Anwar, who quit the governorship of the State Bank of Pakistan on Jan. 31, some 10 months ahead of his term’s end. Anwar, whose son was injured in a car accident recently, had been at odds with finance minister Ishaq Dar, claims a pro-government daily. Shafqat Mahmood of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf says Anwar was pushed out because he had refused to manipulate economic data in support of the government’s rose-tinted claims. Other opposition members have also sounded the alarm about the government allegedly packing independent regulatory agencies (including the National Database and Registration Authority and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) and state-owned companies set for privatization with people who clearly prefer spending less time with their families.
From our Feb. 8, 2014, issue.