New Delhi: A mysterious, allegedly leaked letter by Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and a quick denial and counter-attack by the embassy in the US has got many Pakistanis perplexed. Fake, the Foreign Office declared.
The letter dated 27 September, which surfaced on social media, was addressed to the country’s ambassador to the United States Assad Majeed Khan, has some Pakistanis questioning why the country is “begging”. The purported letter hints of fraying ties between Pakistan and the US, with the former trying hard to save that relationship.
My sources tell me that this piece of literature was really penned by the FO and signed by the Cambridge educated FM. After the letter leaked, they came out with the denial.
Gene pool has shrunk beyond belief. https://t.co/28xm9FQiOY
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) October 7, 2021
In the letter, concerns have been raised about the “inability of the Pakistan embassy, Washington in creating an environment to facilitate a diplomatic communication between the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the President of the United States of America.”
The Foreign Office has denied the authenticity of the correspondence. “The letter (allegedly written by Pakistan’s foreign minister to the ambassador in Washington) in circulation is completely fake and baseless,” an official press release by the Foreign Office notes.
On social media, while many Pakistanis heaved a sigh of relief after the Foreign Office statement, others questioned how one can even believe such a communication to be true.
@ForeignOfficePk terms FM @SMQureshiPTI alleged letter to Ambassador @asadmk17 as fake and baseless pic.twitter.com/jYw9J2CIEQ
— Pakistan Embassy US (@PakinUSA) October 6, 2021
With the return of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the future of many citizens of the country is under question, as women worry about their freedom. But Pakistan had other concerns of being left out.
The alleged letter speaks of the White House’s “indifference” towards Pakistan in matters relating to the current Afghanistan crisis. “The Prime Minister’s office has taken a strong view to the fact that despite all efforts by Pakistan to establish a healthy line of communication with the White House, it is unable to see a meaningful reciprocity,” the letter reads.
Ending the communication by directing the ambassador to take “adequate measures” “to ensure Pakistan’s relevance” in “all diplomatic forums”, the letter boldly accuses the White House staff advising the US President of having “immature understanding” for portraying Pakistan’s “diplomatic overtures” in “poor light”.
While the authenticity of the letter has been denied, the nature of the text has been ridiculed by a few.
“Desperate begging by youthia government and calling those it is begging as having ‘immature understanding’,” Pakistani journalist Gul Bukhari said.
Desperate begging by youthia government and calling those it is begging as having “immature understanding”. 😂 pic.twitter.com/P40oVB5ASH
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) October 6, 2021
Another Twitter user, Munir Khan, raised concerns about the country’s strategic communication. “Strange that the burden of failed foreign policy is being shifted to the Ambassador. If that is the understanding of this government then I am not surprised that it’s strategic communication is going nowhere,” he said.
Strange that the burden of failed foreign policy is being shifted to the Ambassador. If that is the understanding of this govt then i am not surprised that it's strategic communication is going nowhere.
— Munir Khan (@munirkhanISD) October 6, 2021