Vastavam web: Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry today termed as “disgusting” a letter written to him by former envoy to India Abdul Basit and told the former diplomat that “jealousy has no remedy.” In his letter, Basit had slammed Chaudhry as the “worst foreign secretary ever” and blamed him for several foreign policy disasters including the Ufa joint statement with India.Chaudhary officially did not comment on the letter but “shared his sentiments with officers of the Embassy” and confirmed for the first time that Basit’s letter was genuine.Some of us like Basit fail to realise that life is a combination of human endeavour and fate. We have to accept in humility what life gives us and then thank the Creator for that. Mischief mongering and mud-slinging never pay in the larger scheme of things,” he said.
Chaudhry said that after the letter became public, many colleagues expressed their support and friendship to him.”Now that the letter is on social media, I thought I should share with you my sense of disappointment at being targeted like that. I’ve decided not to respond to this disgusting letter, and leave the matter to One and Only who matters,” he added.They said that such episodes clearly add to the difficulties of the Foreign Office, which is faced with so many challenges in the region and globally.Basit, who was twice overlooked for the post of foreign secretary, made the harsh remarks in the letter dated July 5, 2017 and printed on his official letterhead while he still served as Pakistan’s high commissioner in New Delhi.
“The more I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary ever,” Basit wrote in response to a farewell letter by Chaudhry which he sent to Basit on March 12 after his appointment as the ambassador of Pakistan to Washington.Basit opted for an early retirement earlier this month and was replaced by Sohail Mahmood as the high commissioner.It is pertinent to mention that Chaudhry was appointed as the foreign secretary by ignoring Basit.