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Sayeeda Warsi's Resignation Is Really Big News In Pakistan

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from her post in the UK government today over its position on Gaza. But it turns out there's more interest in the story from elsewhere.

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned on Tuesday from her position in the Foreign Office, calling the UK government's stance on Gaza "morally indefensible".

UK in Pakistan / Via Flickr: ukinpakistan

Her resignation sparked a huge amount of interest from Pakistanis.

I'm seeing people here in Pakistan are really happy over @Syeeda Warsi's resignation.

Sophiya Qadeer@sophiyaqadeer

I'm seeing people here in Pakistan are really happy over @Syeeda Warsi's resignation.

2:11 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Now you proove that you are the daughter of Great Pakistan, Thenxxxx Mrs.Warsi.@SayeedaWarsi

arslan awan g@ArslanawangG

Now you proove that you are the daughter of Great Pakistan, Thenxxxx Mrs.Warsi.@SayeedaWarsi

9:44 AM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

'Sayeeda Warsi' is #2 trending topic in Pakistan for 1 hour and 40 minutes http://t.co/PoqpxFKogy

Trendoa Pakistan@trendoaPK

'Sayeeda Warsi' is #2 trending topic in Pakistan for 1 hour and 40 minutes http://t.co/PoqpxFKogy

1:39 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sayeeda Warsi resigns over differences with UK Govt over its Policy on Gaza, Not one politician in #Pakistan in 68 years has done that.

Talisman@2talisman

Sayeeda Warsi resigns over differences with UK Govt over its Policy on Gaza, Not one politician in #Pakistan in 68 years has done that.

9:59 AM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many commenters praised her beneath articles written in Pakistani press.

Pakistan Today / Via pakistantoday.com.pk
Dawn / Via dawn.com

And others suggested that she could stand for a parliamentary seat in the country.

Baroness Warsi can now stand for a parliament seat in Pakistan -- and easily win

omar r quraishi@omar_quraishi

Baroness Warsi can now stand for a parliament seat in Pakistan -- and easily win

11:00 AM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Baroness Warsi for Prime Minister of Pakistan! #AchaSorry

IA@Punjkora

Baroness Warsi for Prime Minister of Pakistan! #AchaSorry

9:36 AM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Basically, she's kind of a big deal in Pakistan. This was the audience of 2,000 who attended a rally when she visited her hometown of Bewal in 2010.

UK in Pakistan / Via Flickr: ukinpakistan

By 2012 she had already visited the country six times as a minister, and visited as Pakistanis were getting ready to vote in the elections.

UK in Pakistan / Via Facebook: uk-in-pakistan

She also accompanied David Cameron and then shadow foreign-secretary William Hague on a visit to Pakistan in 2008, days before the country's elections.

Johnny Green/PA Wire

But for now Warsi's keeping any decisions about future plans a well-guarded secret.

Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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