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Abdul Basit – Bold, Brave and Brilliant Pakistani Diplomat

(By Dr Shahid Qureshi): –

Few years ago I was introduced to a dynamic man and a fine diplomat Abdul Basit by HE Dr Maleeha Lodhi Pakistani High Commissioner in London (now in UN) at her residence. She was great in interacting with journalists and literally kept everyone in the loop on matters of importance.

Abdul Basit’s stay in London as Deputy High Commissioner was excellent under the circumstance as so called War on Terror was full on. He was an area expert as he hailed from the KPK province and was fluent in Pastho.

He reportedly wrote a letter to Azaz Chaudhy foreign Secretary and now Pakistan Ambassador to USA. The contents and opinion expressed seems convincing and appropriate. The letter was written on 5th July 2017, from Pakistan High Commission in Delhi where he was High Commissioner.

Abdul Basit letter to Azaz Chaudhry

It was reported that Azaz Chaudhry was from the foreign office Tariq Fatmi group who was one of the characters in the dawn leaks. Tariq Fatmi is considered as a dubious character and it was him who was sharing the role of foreign minister of Pakistan with Sartaj Aziz for over four years when Pakistan did not have a full time foreign minister.

Since 2008 both Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif adopted the policy of promoting corruption and inappetence with a view to destroy the governance system and institutions of the state. This policy has its roots in the cold war with the former Soviet Union. When a very senior KGB agent escaped Soviet Union, and defected to the USA.  After the collapse of the USSR his former colleagues met him in USA and asked him: “What were you actually doing for the CIA”? He said: I was responsible for the foreign postings of the KGB agents and I would choose the most corrupt and bent agent who could be manipulated. The rest was easy for the CIA and others.

If you study the periods of Asif Zaradri and Nawaz Sharif they both have violated the merit policy and appointed bent and corrupt officials and ministers. According to volume 10 report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in case against Nawaz Sharif and family submitted in Supreme Court of Pakistan, “Sharifs have even corrupted the Chinese companies involved in the CPEC projects in Pakistan. The report is already sent to the Chinese Government but was not published yet. The Chinese Government has however, investigated the companies and said:’these companies were doing big projects without any problem before we don’t know what happened to them in Pakistan.”

The rest was easy for the enemies. This is exactly Abdul Basit is saying in his letter and exposing the corrupt mafia in the foreign ministry of Pakistan.

I congratulate him for being bold, brave and brilliant. Well done you made us proud.

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University)

Views expressed are not of The London Post


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