Basit calls Aizaz ‘worst Foreign Secretary ever’ in a scathing letter

Pakistan’s former ambassador to India, Abdul Basit, has described the country’s envoy to the US, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, as the “worst foreign secretary ever” in a scathing letter that has been widely shared on social media.

He asserted that Chaudhry was not made for the “delicate profession of diplomacy” and cited the Ufa joint statement with India and Pakistan’s failure to get re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council as leading examples of his failures.

Sources privy to the development, while talking to a private TV channel, confirmed the authenticity of the letter.

Basit also resigned from his High Commissioner post before completion of his tenure in India.

Earlier, it was reported that Abdul Basit was not happy with appointment of new Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua, as he was the senior most after Aizaz Chaudhary.

Basit wrote the letter when he was still the high commissioner in New Delhi and issued it in reference with Chaudhry’s valedictory letter of March 12, 2017, as foreign secretary.

Chaudhry was Pakistan’s FS from December 2013 until February 2017, when he was appointed as United States ambassador.

The first is a joint statement issued after a meeting between then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in 2015, in the Russian city of Ufa.

Basit also expressed concern in his letter that Chaudhry would end up being “the worst Pakistan Ambassador in Washington DC”.

Later in 2015, Pakistan was diplomatically humiliated when it lost a bid for re-election to the UNHRC. “Second and it is more worrisome, your heart is not in the right place”, the letter added.

“I strongly feel that it is in Pakistan’s interest that you should immediately be removed from Washington DC”, Basit wrote to Chaudhry.

Despite repeated attempts by DawnNews, Basit did not respond to telephone calls made to seek a comment on the letter.

The former foreign minister said the world will use this against us.

Basit had been tipped to succeed former Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani as the head of the diplomatic service.

Mr Basit opted for an early retirement earlier this month and was replaced by Sohail Mahmood as the high commissioner.

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