Allegations against Pakistani diplomats levelled by asylum-seeking wives: FO

Published: July 17, 2014

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: INP/FILE FCO minister Mark Simmonds. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Referring to the list of law offending diplomats, which includes two Pakistanis accused of rape and kidnapping, prepared by United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on Thursday said that in both cases allegations seemed to be motivated by desire to seek asylum.

The Independent had reported on July 16 that the FCO prepared a list of law offending diplomats.

The FCO’s list of “Serious and Significant Offences Involving Diplomats in 2013″ was presented by FCO Minister Mark Simmonds in the British Parliament on Tuesday.

The list details serious offences committed by 14 officials from nine different countries who were not prosecuted owing to their diplomatic immunity. It also includes two Pakistani diplomats for allegedly committing domestic rape and child abduction.

“One case is based on charges of marital rape leveled by his wife. She also alleged that he abducted their children and brought them to Pakistan,” the foreign office spokesperson stated during her weekly briefing in Islamabad today.

She added that “as per the High Commission, the wife had a premature delivery after which she was not able to look after her other children. By mutual agreement, they sent the children to their family in Pakistan.”

“Matrimonial relations between the couple became tense as she wanted to settle in UK permanently under any circumstances, while he was not inclined.  On his refusal, she leveled theses charges. Subsequently, when she applied for asylum, she leveled these allegations as well,” she further stated.

“The other case is also similar. Again it was the wife, interested in seeking asylum, who leveled the charges against her husband,” Aslam remarked.

She further added that “according to our High Commission, the wife had developed contacts with some local women who even employed her in their laundry.  She is also seeking asylum.”

FCO Minister had earlier said that the FCO had requested respective governments to lift immunity from diplomats accused in five cases of serious crimes last year, in line with provisions under the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

In the case of the Pakistani diplomats, the Pakistani government partially lifted immunity so that one diplomat could be interviewed by the police even though there was no legal obligation to comply with the British request.

Without providing details, Simmonds said two other diplomats, for whom immunity was requested to be lifted, had been voluntarily recalled by their countries of origin. A fourth diplomat was asked by the FCO to leave the UK.

At least three Zambian diplomats found themselves on the FCOs list for offences ranging from driving under the influence of alcohol, causing bodily harm to sexual assault.

Two Kuwaiti diplomats were included in the list for driving under influence and committing a public order offence. Two Saudi diplomats were included on the list for driving while drunk — an offence which would incur serious punishment in their home country.

However, the unnamed diplomats are protected under the Vienna Convention, meaning they cannot be prosecuted by the host country unless their country of origin waives their immunity.

“The number of alleged serious crimes committed by members of the diplomatic community in the UK is proportionately low,” Simmonds said, adding that “The FCO does not tolerate foreign diplomats breaking the law.”

The minister said that the UK does everything in its power to investigate diplomats accused of serious crimes.

Full list of “Serious and Significant Offences” 2013:

Driving a vehicle reported as lost or stolen and without insurance: Sierra Leone 1

Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and without insurance: El Salvador 1

Driving under the influence of alcohol: Saudi Arabia 2, Belarus 1, Macedonia 1, Kuwait 1, Zambia 1

Sexual Assault: Zambia 1

Domestic Rape: Pakistan 1

Child Abduction: Pakistan 1

Actual Bodily Harm: Cameroon 1, Zambia 1

Public Order Offence: Kuwait 1

Reader Comments (33)

  • Raj Kafir
    Jul 17, 2014 - 7:45AM

    A conspiracy by India, Israel and USA to defame Pakistani Diplomats.

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  • JAVAID
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:07AM

    When diplomats are appointed on political grounds and not on merit this is the news we will get from foreign countries.Such persons who brought shame for the country must be banned for any future appointments here in Pakiastan or abroad.

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  • Niki
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:21AM

    Shame on Pakistani diplomat.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 - 8:33AM

    Thats how talibán and is find ways to rule, When rulers becomes so corrupt

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  • Usman
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:54AM

    These diplomats are appointed on the basis of nepotism and favouritism, no other consequence was expected.

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  • khan
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:01AM

    @Raj Kafir: Lets not brush aside these allegations and label them as conspiracy by Israel.UK has a much better legal and justice system in the world.If a person break the law he is punished .Few years ago Prince Charles had to pay the fine while over-speeding on motor ways.
    Can you imagine our police doing the same against any member of the ruling elite in Pakistan

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  • Bapu
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:14AM

    similar incident happened against the Indian diplomat in US as well

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  • WB
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:24AM

    @Bapu:

    “similar incident happened against the Indian diplomat in US as well “

    At least Don’t use Gandhi’s name when you are lying.

    That’s like using Musharraf’s name when telling the truth.

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  • jute
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:42AM

    @khan:
    It’s called sarcasm.

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  • Frank
    Jul 17, 2014 - 1:13PM

    What a disgrace. Pakistan should waive diplomatic immunity for these two. Make them pay for their crimes, unless their surnames are Sharif, Nawaz or Shabaz, that is.

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  • khan
    Jul 17, 2014 - 1:45PM

    @jute: Thank you for making me understand the sarcasm in the comment.We hear so many conspiracy theory everday.Just last night I heard a senior PML Minister saying that Imran Khan recent vist to UK was a Jewish conspiracy.
    .

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  • Sana
    Jul 17, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Are their last names Butt?

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  • bash gul
    Jul 17, 2014 - 2:48PM

    @JAVAID:
    They should be dismissed and put on trial. After all they were diplomats they should have considered their reputation as well as of the country they represent.Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:10PM

    @ Raj Kafir : “A conspiracy by India, Israel and USA to defame Pakistani Diplomats.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not the first time that India, Israel and USA have hatched a conspiracy to malign Pakistan and Islam by implicating Pakistani diplomats in sexual violence.
    Back in 2002 Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, was involved implicated in assaulting his live in girlfriend Marijana Mihic in New York :

    http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/01/08/pakistan.ambassador/

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  • Umar Farooq Khawaja
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:47PM

    You folks heard about the concept of innocent until proven guilty? I live in the UK and I know that what the Foreign Office is claiming can be all to easily true. It is trivial for a woman to accuse her partner (husband or boyfriend) of marital rape. It is also one of the best options available to a woman who wants to settle in the UK under Asylum law.

    I am not saying that that is necessarily the truth. All I am saying is that people should hold fire a bit before condemning these diplomats. They have rights under Law.

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  • Frank
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:58PM

    Fake asylum cases? So there is more to this story than meets the eye. Why is it that even the families of his own diplomats are desperate to escape a Pakistan under Nawaz Sharif’s rule?

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 17, 2014 - 5:21PM

    Pakistan should create an example for respecting the rule of law and must waive diplomatic immunity for these two criminals and let them be investigated, tried and punished according to the prevailing laws of the host country. Why to protect such criminals even if they happen to be working for our Foreign Office, a so called diplomat can not be immunized from answering and punishments for his criminal behaviour. A criminal is a criminal and should have no protection whatsoever & must be forced face the music.

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  • Alert
    Jul 17, 2014 - 5:38PM

    @Raj Kafir:
    What about Devyani Khobragade?

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  • James Bond
    Jul 17, 2014 - 6:31PM

    BEST PART: Two Kuwaiti diplomats were included in the list for driving under influence and committing a public order offence. Two Saudi diplomats were included on the list for driving while drunk — an offence which would incur serious punishment in their home country. Subhan Allah and Masha’Allah

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  • Raj - USA
    Jul 17, 2014 - 6:48PM

    “Two Kuwaiti diplomats were included in the list for driving under influence and committing a public order offence. Two Saudi diplomats were included on the list for driving while drunk — an offence which would incur serious punishment in their home country.”

    Forget what UK says. What are the punishment for these crimes in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Let them be punished according to those laws.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 17, 2014 - 6:54PM

    @Frank:

    Fake asylum case might explain marital rape allegation. It cannot explain kidnapping allegation.
    @Bapu:
    @Alert:

    If you do not understand the difference between allegation of underpaying an Indian maid and kidnap/rape then you have a lot of growing up to do.

    @Umar Farooq Khawaja:
    Innocent until proven guilty is relvant if there is a chance to prove it. These people have diplomatic immunity and cannot be prosecuted. That is exactly what UK is asking i.e. to waive the immunity so that they can be prosecuted. But if FO fails to waive immunity and then also simultaneously claim innocent until proven guilty – no one would buy it.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 - 7:26PM

    why our own government failed to tell us the news before? some thing is Dal mein kala” on our side.

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  • shah
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:08PM

    It is disgusting how the FO has slandered these two poor women just to protect powerful diplomats. Shame on FO. There is no accountability in Pakistan and that is the cause of nation’s problems.

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  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:45PM

    Damn those housewives – this takes a lot of planning! First you have to marry a diplomat; then get him posted to a country where seeking assylum is desirable (like Canda, UK, US etc) – not to some tin-pot country worse off than Pakistan (think Afg, Somalia and the likes)! Then once there, think of a false charge and slap it on said diplomat!

    An average Pakistani housewife would not have ben able to plan such a plot! It must have been done with the help of those evil people at RAW, MOSSAD and CIA; who are always looking at opportunities to defame Pakistan!

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  • Vectra
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:38PM

    @ “What about Devyani Khobragade?”

    U.S. Court dismisses charges against Devyani and gave verdict in her favour while U.S Manhattan Attorney Preet Bharara lost the Devyani case.
    So go tell and story somewhere else.Recommend

  • Glad
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:53PM

    @Uza Syed:
    Glad that you have started talking sense, for once, at least.

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  • Sheena Haider
    Jul 18, 2014 - 2:37AM

    Whenever Pakistani are caught in an episode of….“Pakistanis behaving badly” the consiracy crowd rears its ugly head in denial blaming India..USA….Israel Pakistani dimlomats are political appointees who suck at their job, they do nothing to help promote their country in their gifted position. Talk to Pakistsnis that have to use their embassy or consulate for visa/passort service & you will find appaling stories of corruption-rudeness-incometence-lazy-unprofesinal work ethic they have no one to audit their beviour so they are free to do am slopy job.

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  • globalobserver
    Jul 18, 2014 - 3:04AM

    This sounds like fake asylum case. The wives are leveling false charges to get asylum in the UK.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 18, 2014 - 12:47PM

    @Sheena Haider: Agree! Absolutely right and you can be rest assured that Pakistani embassies or consulates would continue with their “appalling” behaviour of “corruption-rudeness-incompetence-lazy-unprofessional work ethic” as long as we permit them and let them continue with such attitude. It’s time that we, the people, put our ‘foot down’ and object and demand from political parties & their leadership to these ‘public servants’ are better trained and better informed about their jobs. They are our servants and must provide the services they are hired to provide to the people. You must continue highlighting and raising your voice and also encourage other citizens to protest and demand a system of auditing of these public servants posted abroad and enjoying all the perks & privileges that go with such postings. They may not be allowed to continue with their such behaviour & attitude and quality of their sloppy performance.

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  • Iqbal
    Jul 18, 2014 - 6:27PM

    I would not believe a word these official from FO. Are they not the ones who CATEGORICALLY denied OBL was in Pakistan? Rest is history.

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  • Sheena Haider
    Jul 18, 2014 - 9:21PM

    @Uza Syed I did and the embassy in Los Angeles made sure my visa to Pakistan was delayed me & my family ended up missing my Nana’s funeral. Being born in the USA & not trying to becbetter than you I was have never experienced such outrageous behavior of embassy staff towards the public. After reporting it to the Consulate-General I got a form letter and from then on the visas for our family was delayed with no given reason.
    The Express Tribune needs to start a regular feature like a Consumer Watch where we the public and air our problems then have someone from the Foreign Ministry respond most people are afraid to voice their frustrations like I did for fear of repercussions.

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  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Jul 19, 2014 - 12:51AM

    @JAVAID: Devyani Khobragade was also a political appointment ?

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  • f a kahn
    Jul 20, 2014 - 11:48AM

    its merely an asylum case. i served as a diplomat in UK and have seen many cases where husband and wife with mutual understanding create an atmosphere mostly by wives to get them settled in UK. Lower ranks officials of Pakistan High Commission and other missions are mostly involved in the practice. once wife gets settled she claim that her relations with husband has been normalized and she want her husband / kids back. thus the whole family get a chance to live in UK again.

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