The foreign missions in Islamabad including America, Europe Union, United Arabs Emirates, Turkey and others have expressed displeasure over the biased behavior of the protocol wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
The Foreign Office protocol wing under the supervision of Foreign Secretary (FS) Sohail Mehmood creating obstacles in making friendly relation with other countries like America, United Arab Emirates, European Union, Qatar, Maldives, Bahrain, Turkey, Oman, Iraq, Jordan and others. The foreign missions in Pakistan expressed displeasure over the biased behavior of the protocol wing on the issue of duty-free imports; delaying and returning the exemptions on the baseless reasons.
At this time when Pakistan tries to isolate India over Article 370 and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi connecting his counterpart in other countries. Pakistan needs friends not foes but the chief protocol is using delay tactics and returning the exemptions on the baseless reason and thus creating misunderstanding with other foreign missions.
According to diplomatic sources, the foreign missions have written a letter to the FO expressing displeasure over this behavior of the protocol wing on the issue of duty-free imports. The US diplomats also visited the protocol wing few days ago and asking the reasons of delaying exemptions which is against the diplomatic privileges.
The protocol wing at FO has not only caused huge financial damage to the national exchequer in the name of duty-free imports and deliberately signed more the quota for vested interest.
Earlier in August, the Morocco mission has imported 26 tons duty-free without any check due to the negligence of the FO. This is time when Pakistan should taking side and benefits in support for Kashmir issue.
Under the Vienna Convention, the foreign diplomats have a limited exemption of duty on various items ratio including liquor, edibles and accessories. The officers of the ministry’s protocol wing issue okay order on it.