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For the first time in decades a PM takes on Pakistani ambassadors for treating expatriates ‘aliens’ — a right step should be appreciated by the opposition

For the first time in decades a PM takes on Pakistani ambassadors for treating expatriates 'aliens' -- a right step should be appreciated by the opposition

By Sarmad Ali

Prime Minister Imran Khan has rightly snubbed Pakistani envoys abroad who do not consider expatriates ‘human’.
His snubbing is criticised by the opposition PMLN but one wonders why?

Khan drew a comparison between the Indian and Pakistan embassies abroad and asked the country’s ambassadors serving abroad to abandon “colonial-era” attitudes and treat their diaspora with compassion and respect.

Rebuking his diplomats while addressing his envoys posted around the world virtually, for their failure to serve overseas Pakistanis and bring in investment into the country Khan said: “We cannot continue like this. The way our embassies are running, this could work in an old colonial system but not in today’s Pakistan. Embassies’ foremost work is to service the diaspora and then they should work to bring investment into the country that is going through very bad financial conditions right now.”

Khan said and noting that Indian embassies abroad were “very proactive” in bringing investment to India as compared to Pakistan.

Earlier Khan had ordered an inquiry into the matter pertaining to the workers’ complaints filed in Riyadh about their mistreatment by embassy staff in the Saudi capital.

Khan had also recalled Pakistani envoy to Saudi Arabia ambassador and six other officers over complaints by the Pakistani labour community in the kingdom.

For years Pakistani embassies have been treating expatriates as aliens and giving damn to their complaints. Perhaps for the first time in decades that a premier has taken notice if this and try to fix this problem.

Let’s see if these ambassadors follow Khan’s direction and change their attitude. PAK DESTINY

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