Islamabad (August 29, 2017): A searing letter allegedly written by former ambassador to India Abdul Basit, to Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has been surfaced in which he termed him the worst ambassador he had seen in his life.
The later dated July 5, 2017 has surfaced online.
Abdul Basit mentioned the former lambasted the latter’s tenure as foreign secretary apparently over a number of foreign policy blunders made during Chaudhry’s time in the office.
“The more I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary ever,” Basit wrote in the letter, a copy of which has been circulating on social media.
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 farewell letter which he wrote after being appointed the ambassador to United States.
Basit also expressed concern in his letter that Chaudhry would end up being “the worst Pakistan Ambassador in Washington D.C”.
The ex-ambassador then went on to list the reasons behind his critique of Chaudhry: while alleging that Chaudhry was not made for the “delicate profession of diplomacy”, Basit cited two incidents as example — the joint statement issued after a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa between ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in 2015, and Pakistan’s failure to get re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).
Secondly, Basit wrote in the letter, “it is more worrisome [that], your heart is not in the right place”.
The former ambassador said it was in Pakistan’s interest that Chaudhry is removed from his post as the envoy to 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.