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You are Pakistan's worst diplomat: Abdul Basit to Islamabad's US envoy

'More I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst foreign secretary ever,' he wrote

ANI  |  Islamabad 

Former Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit speaks during celebration of 75th Pakistan Day in New Delhi on Monday, March 23 2015 Picture by PTI
Former Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit speaking at the celebration of 75th Pakistan Day in New Delhi on Monday, March 23, 2015, Picture by PTI

Former High Commissioner to sent an official letter to Islamabad's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, pointing out to him that he was "the worst foreign secretary ever."

The letter, sent on July 25, 2017, was issued in reference with Chaudhry's valedictory letter (FSO-1/2017 of March 12, 2017), as the foreign secretary and on the official letter head of Pakistan's High Commission in

The letter carried signatures of the former high commissioner.

"More I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst foreign secretary ever," he wrote.

"My concern is that you would also end up being the worst ambassador in DC. The reasons are simple. First, you are not made for the delicate profession of diplomacy."

"I can cite many examples, the Ufa Joint Statement and humiliating defeat at the Human Rights Council are sufficient to prove my point. Second and it is more worrisome, your heart is not in the right place," the letter added.

Basit, in the letter, further suggested that he "strongly feel that it is in Pakistan's interest that you should immediately be removed from DC."

"If not so, you should not be given extension beyond your superannuation on February 27, 2018. May Allah help when people like you with weak and dubious credentials are at such important positions," Basit concluded.

Basit also sent a copy of the letter to the Director of the Foreign Secretary's Office (FSO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For the uninitiated, had requested, in July, for a premature retirement from the service, as he was set to retire in April 2018.

Sohail Mahmood is now set to take charge as Pakistan's new High Commissioner to Earlier, he was Pakistan's ambassador to Turkey.

 

Abdul Basit's letter.
Abdul Basit's letter.

First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 12:11 IST
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