You have been the worst foreign secretary ever,’ Basit wrote in scathing letter to Aizaz

A scathing letter written by Abdul Basit, the former ambassador to India, addressed to Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry dated July 5, 2017, has surfaced online, in which the former lambasted the latter’s tenure as foreign secretary apparently over a number of foreign policy gaffes made during Chaudhry’s time in the office.”The more I think the more I am sure that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary Sources in the Foreign Office confirmed that the letter is authentic. The former envoy to India, who was replaced after opting for an early retirement earlier this month by Sohail Mahmood, had written the acerbic letter in response to Chaudhry’s exit letter which he wrote after being appointed the ambassador to the United States.Basit also expressed concern in his letter that Chaudhry would end up being “the worst Pakistan Ambassador in Washington D.C”. The Ufa joint statement had been criticised at the time for being the first prime minister-level joint statement in which Kashmir was not specifically mentioned. Later in 2015, Pakistan suffered diplomatic humiliation after losing a bid for re-election to the UN HRC, forcing the Foreign Office to do some introspection and look for the causes. The defeat was shocking because it was the first time that Pakistan had lost a major election at the UN.The former ambassador said it was in Pakistan’s interest that Chaudhry is removed from his post as the envoy to the US. Failing that, he said, Chaudhry should not be given an extension beyond his superannuation in 2018.”May God help Pakistan when people like you are at such important positions,” Basit said. Despite repeated attempts by Basit did not respond to telephone calls made to seek a comment on the letter.

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