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.
PM’s public diatribe against our diplomats will demoralize our valiant defenders of country’s national interests.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) May 6, 2021
Im sorry to say but what IK has said im eye witness to it , many diplomats just enjoying their stays n itx just like as if they are on family recreation trip @ come on we are fed up of this all and plz dont profess this kind of stuff as this wont bring back old glory u guys lost— Aquarian Schezan (@ASchezan) May 6, 2021
Why diplomats not get demoralized when a sitting PM never speak against KY,why diplomats not get demoralized when a word Godfather and Maafiaas was being used for then time PM, diplomats should listen to Quied e Azam Speeches i.e work, work and only work.— PTI Warrior (@khixPti) May 6, 2021
I think they are public servants so let them grill in public. As a overseas Pakistani I personally witnessed lot of bugs that need to be fixed. Foreign policy should be reconsidered and need to be held accountable. I wasn’t expec this from you.— Siddique Ahmed (@siddique005) May 6, 2021
Sir your brother was three times PM and this time around he was also the foreign minister he did anything to improve the condition or standard of the diplomats 1/2— Asif Faruqi (@asiffaruqi) May 6, 2021
Let’s see if these ambassadors follow Khan’s direction and change their attitude. PAK DESTINY