Posted by AFSHEEN101 on 3/18/2007
11 diplomats absent after end of term abroad
Reported By: Samir Afsheen Latifi 22 March 07
courtesy of: Pajhwok Afghan News - www.pajhwok.com
KABUL, At least 11 diplomats, serving in Afghan embassies and consulates in different countries, have not returned home despite end of period of their service abroad.
Reliable sources told Pajhwok Afghan News seven of those who failed to report to the Foreign Ministry at home were serving as first secretaries at embassies and consulates in London (UK), Rome (Italy), Amsterdam (Holland), New York (USA), Toronto (Canada), the north-eastern Iranian city of Mashad and Pakistan's port city of Karachi.
They included Dr Akbar Zewari, Abdullah Ali, engineer Rohullah, Noor Ahmad Sultani, Saeed Sardar Ahmadi, Aziz Meraj and Abdul Nabi respectively.
The other four men are the second secretaries in Germany and Australia Hazratullah Abid and Abdullah Arif, third secretary in Tehran Merajuddin and Afghan consular in Berlin (Germany) Azizullah Amin.
The sources said first secretary of the Afghan consulate in Mashad Aziz Meraj and first secretary at the Karachi consulate Abdul Nabi had gone to Qatar and Germany. All the eleven persons possessed diplomatic passports and had not reported to the Foreign Ministry in the country, said the sources
Contacted for comments, Foreign Ministry's spokesman Sultan Ahmad Bahin said it might be that some of the diplomats, after end of their service term abroad, did not want to return and resume their job at home.
"Afghanistan consular in Berlin Azizullah Amin and second secretary in Australia Hazratullah Abid are continuing their duty." He added a diplomat had to return and report to the Foreign Ministry within three months after completion of his service period abroad.
Bahin said diplomats whose service period abroad ended were bound to submit their diplomatic passports to the concerned authorities at the airport.