Several social media users launched an online campaign of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to bring back crypto advisor Ziaullah Bangash.
Bangash, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Adviser to Prime Minister Mahmud Khan for Science, Technology and Information Technology, announced his resignation on Saturday. Pangash cited “imperative circumstances” for his decision to quit his advisory role as well as responsibilities in his constituency – he was previously a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Council, or KP. It is reported that Khan has not formally accepted his resignation yet.
The sudden departure of the number that many Pakistani crypto users regard as the pioneer of blockchain and cryptocurrency ventures has led to a rapid failure of Twitter users. Within hours of Bangash’s announcement, many received the hashtag “WeWantZiaBangashBack,” which is a popular hashtag in the country with more than 23,900 tweets. Some have threatened to deprive Prime Minister Imran Khan of the vote in the upcoming elections expected in 2023.
“He is the only one in politics who understands coding and technology,” said Asad Shah, pointing to the prime minister’s Twitter account.
“[Zia Bangash was the only person who helped bring the cryptocurrency back to our country,” Yassin Ali said. “We want to bring back Diya Bangash. ImranKhanPTI, bring it back or else we won’t vote next time.”
Others have speculated about the causes of the sudden departure, with many arguing that local mafia groups may have forced Bangash to leave in order to incentivize the country to promote innovative technologies. They included cryptocurrency lawyer and influencer Car Zaka, who previously helped set up a federal committee to develop cryptocurrency policy in the region.
“The person who bought the [KP] cryptocurrency and [sic] worked hard to enable Facebook monetization in PAK is gone, do you know why?” Zach said. Someone like Dia too. We want him back ImranKhanPTI. ”
As a cryptocurrency technology and business advisor, Bangash has tweeted regularly about government actions in Pakistan that could affect the cryptocurrency regulatory environment. One of his last posts before announcing his resignation was at State Bank of Pakistan’s Governor Reza Bakir, in which he told CNN that the country was closely scrutinizing the issuance of digital currencies to the central bank. In addition, he talked about KP boycott efforts to “implement measures to legalize cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency transactions in Pakistan”.
“In order to advance the country, Pakistan needs a digital revolution, and the digital revolution needs ZiaBangashPTI,” said Muhammad Khan, who claimed to be a member of the social media team behind the country’s centrist political party Tehreek-i-Insaf and Bangash. The Prime Minister is members. … “@ ImranKhanPTIIMMahmoodKhan, leave politics aside, don’t spoil our dreams and don’t let Pakistan grow.”