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Pakistan Embassies running out of funds?

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Embassies are being provided the requisite resources for effective functioning in accordance with relevant financial and budgetary rules and regulations.

This was claimed by the  Foreign Office Spokesman Asim Iftikhar while rejecting the rumor about lack of funds for Pakistani diplomatic missions terming it as entirely baseless, irresponsible, malafide and deliberate disinformation attempt.

Sources have insinuated that Pakistani diplomatic missions were running out of funds citing that Embassy in Washington had failed to pay remunerations to five locally hired contractual employees since August, 2021.

It has further been informed that one such locally recruited worker at the Pakistani Mission in Washington called it a day (after a decade of service) due to non-payment of salary for a couple of months.

Earlier, Pakistani Embassy in Serbia prompted to delete messages (posted from the official Twitter) about non-payment of salaries for months: “[How long do you expect government officials to] keep working for you without being paid for [the] past 3 months & our children been forced out of school due to non-payment of fees… Is this Naya (new) Pakistan?”

It is pertinent to mention here that MoFA had claimed that: “The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia have been hacked. Messages being posted on these accounts are not from the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia.”

The alleged hacker had also posted a music video criticizing the incumbent PTI-led coalition government.

MoFAForeign Office Spokesman Asim Iftikhar rejected the rumor about lack of funds for Pakistani diplomatic missions.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.