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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday recalled Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz and members of the latter’s employees after studies of their alleged ‘mistreatment’ of the Pakistani expat neighborhood.

Particular Assistant to PM on Abroad Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, making the announcement, mentioned the ambassador was recalled because the Pakistani neighborhood and Embassy employees had repeatedly launched complaints in opposition to him over the previous couple of months.

Following Amb Ejaz’s removing, retired Lt Gen Bilal Akbar has taken over the put up, International Workplace Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri mentioned in an announcement.

Chauhdri mentioned the Pakistani neighborhood residing within the Kingdom had reservations in opposition to the officers recalled from their posts.

“The Government of Pakistan attaches high importance to the welfare of overseas Pakistanis. Overseas Pakistanis are our greatest asset. Their role in national development is indispensable,” the spokesperson said.

There is zero tolerance, whatsoever, for any lapse in service delivery, he said.

“Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi oversees the working of all our diplomatic missions himself, particularly with regards to the services being provided to the Pakistani community,” the spokesperson said.

“In this regard, Pakistan’s missions all across the world have standing instructions to extend maximum facilitation to the Pakistani community in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

As regards the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed an inquiry. 

“The prime minister’s directions are being fully implemented” and a high-powered inquiry committee will look into the matter.

The ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia has already returned and orders have been issued for the recall of six more officers of the diplomatic, community welfare, and consular wings of the Embassy, he added.

Raja Ali Ejaz, a career diplomat, had assumed responsibilities as Ambassador of Pakistan in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 21st January, 2019, according to a statement on the FO’s website.

PM orders inquiry against envoy to Saudi Arabia

PM Imran Khan had, earlier in the day, said he had ordered a full-scale inquiry against the envoy to Saudi Arabia after receiving reports of mistreatment of overseas Pakistanis by the embassy.

“On my directive, a high-powered investigation is underway to probe the Ambassador and staff on complaints of mistreatment meted out to Pakistanis,” the prime minister mentioned in his tackle on the launch of Roshan Digital incentives for expats.

The premier expressed robust displeasure on studies of embassy employees allegedly concerned in minting cash from Pakistani nationals. 

The utmost employees of the embassy has been recalled, he added.

He warned of strict motion in opposition to these held liable for negligence.

“It is the duty of foreign missions to extend best possible services to Pakistanis, particularly belonging to the labour and working classes,” he mentioned.

PM Imran particularly acknowledged the companies of labour working overseas in powerful situations and sending hard-earned cash to their households again residence.

“These workers deserve our utmost respect and the government will not spare anyone misbehaving with them,” he mentioned.

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