NA resolution calls for recalling envoy but Pakistan has no ambassador in France

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has no ambassador posted in Paris as its ambassador Moin-ul-Haq has left France three months ago when he was transferred to China

It was revealed after the National Assembly asked the government through its unanimous resolution that Pakistan should recall its ambassador in France under protest against blasphemy by the French president.

Since Moinul Haq’s transfer to China, Pakistan has no envoy in the French capital as the Foreign Office did not designate his replacement as of yet.

Reportedly, a number of senior diplomats are waiting for their posting, but the Foreign Office hasn’t designated an ambassador for France and some other vacant slots.

Foreign Minister Qureshi – who was among the movers of the resolution in the National Assembly on Monday evening – is aware of the fact that the Pakistan embassy in France is without an ambassador but he didn’t oblige the house by passing on the information amid the heat of discussion regarding the situation.

Well-placed sources told The News that currently, Muhammad Amjad Aziz Qazi who is deputy head of mission in the Paris embassy is looking after the affairs of the mission being the senior-most diplomat posted in Paris.

The resolution didn’t speak of the expulsion of the French ambassador posted in Islamabad as this step could represent a harsh reaction.

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