Govt decides to remove HC to UK, Sahebzada likely to be sent to Cuba

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LONDON: Pakistan Government has decided to remove Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain Sahibzada Ahmed Khan from his post. Three names are under consideration as his replacement which are Johar Salim, Zaheer Janjua or Naghmana Hashmi.

According to Foreign Affairs sources that Ministry took notice of his ‘inappropriate activities’ in an award show in London. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi summoned him in Islamabad to explain his position. The new high commissioner would be from ministry while Ahmed Khan is stated to be appointed as Ambassador to Cuba.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal also confirmed during his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday that action is being taken against Pak envoy to Britain [Sahebzada Ahmed Khan].

Upon asking by ‘The Nation’ First Secretary (Press) Mr. Muneer Ahmed said on Thursday that nothing has been received from Islamabad in this regard and would be informed to media and public as soon as we receive some information. “We are not aware about any decision related to Sahebzada Ahmed Khan yet”, he added.

The Islamabad sources further said that the Government has decided to change or remove non carrier diplomats on the basis of their performance but it has given green signal to the non carrier diplomats, and allowed them to continue their assignments.

According to the sources, the government has decided to oversee the performance of non carrier diplomats inducted by PML (N) government. The previous government has deputed non carrier diplomats in 21 countries on political basis, including the deputation of three important diplomats including the United States, Canada and the United Nations.

PTI protested against the deputation of Ali Jahangir in US and filed writ against it. It was being assumed that after coming into power PTI government would remove Ali Jahangir, but after taking the office Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated that government will not take any step hastily.