Byline: SHAFQAT ALI
ISLAMABAD -- Grade 17-19 officers at the foreign ministry are going through an unprecedented mental stress as their postings have been put on hold since April, insiders said yesterday.
An official at the foreign ministry told The Nation on the condition of anonymity that the administration was delaying this year's posting plan. 'More than 35 officers are waiting since last 4 months. Along with Covid-19 this is an added stress. Ambassadors plan has been announced while juniors have been kept in waiting,' he said.
The official said with the ambassadors' plan announced and other officers plan being put on hold for months 'there's a general belief that senior officials have been given special favour.'
'We were first told that once the flights resume in June it will be announced. Then they said, it will be immediately announced after Ambassadors posting plan. But it's been a month and they are not announcing it,' he lamented.
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Last month, several transfers and postings at the foreign ministry and missions abroad were announced for senior diplomats.
Under the plan, Special Secretary Moazam Ahmad Khan has been appointed as the new High Commissioner to the UK; Additional Secretary (Americas) Aftab Khokhar to Vienna, Ambassador Moinul Haq to Beijing; SS Zahoor Ahmad to Sweden and Deputy High...