QUETTA - Mounting media pressure worked, as former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Arsalan Iftikhar tendered his resignation from the post of vice chairman Balochistan Board of Investment on Thursday.

A private TV channel quoting a well-placed source in the Balochistan government reported that Arsalan had sent his resignation to Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. “Arsalan was asked by the government to tender his resignation,” he said.

Arsalan's appointment by the nationalists-led government drew criticism from the media, opposition political parties and civil society. Dr Baloch's own party’s chief Senator Hasil Bizenjo also termed the appointment “wrong and incorrect.”

CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch reached Islamabad on Thursday and met with Senator Bizenjo to discuss the situation in the aftermath of Arsalan Iftikhar’s resignation.

Arsalan was earlier appointed vice-chairman of the Balochistan Investment Board which was an ‘honorary post without salary and allowances.’

Talking to media, NP Chief Senator Hasil Bizenjo said, “His party accepts that Arsalan Iftikhar's appointment is wrong,” adding that the party had decided to review the appointment matter of Arsalan Iftikhar after political parties, media and civil society mounted pressure.

The opposition against Arsalan's appointment from the chief minister's own National Party was a major blow to the CM, who had earlier said in a provincial assembly session, "I appointed Arsalan Iftikhar, and if someone has any complaint they can speak to me."

Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran, belonging to the opposition, had also passed critical remarks against the coalition government for the appointment of Arsalan.

Home Minister Balochistan, Mir Sarfraz Bugti, belonging to the ruling PML-N had also complained that "The CM had to take our party into confidence while taking this decision.”