UK’s Pak-origin minister quits govt over Gaza

London : Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim Cabinet minister, on Tuesday dramatically resigned from the government saying the country’s stand on the Gaza conflict is “morally indefensible” and she can no longer support it, reports PTI.

“With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza,” the Pakistani-origin Foreign Office and faith and communities minister wrote on Twitter. 43-year-old Warsi became the first female Muslim Cabinet minister when David Cameron took over as Prime Minister in 2010. Warsi’s resignation letter said the UK government’s stand on the Israeli conflict is “morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long term effect on our reputation internationally and domestically”.  She said the decision “has not been easy” but there is “great unease” within the Foreign Office over “the way recent decisions are being made”.

 H S Rao and Aditi Khanna        

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