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Pakistani-origin minister Warsi quits govt over Gaza

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

‘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-yr-old, who was previously chairman of the Conservative Party, became the first female Muslim Cabinet minister when David Cameron took over as PM in 2010. In a later reshuffle, she was demoted to the middle- ranking post in the Foreign Office. Warsi’s resignation letter said the UK govt’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’.

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