25 September 2023

PAKISTAN: Official steals wallet at meeting

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A Pakistani Public Servant has been caught on CCTV allegedly in the act of stealing the wallet of a member of a visiting Kuwaiti delegation.

The Kuwaitis made a complaint to Pakistani officials during a mission to discuss investment plans when one of the visitors said his wallet had gone missing during the meeting.

Media reports said officials then searched the Economic Affairs Division of the Ministry of Finance and frisked employees in the hunt for the wallet.

It was only when CCTV in the meeting hall was checked that a senior bureaucrat with the Pakistan Administrative Services was seen taking the wallet.

A six-second clip said to show the incident was widely shared on social media.

The clip (pictured) showed a man taking a wallet from a conference table and putting it in his pocket.

The official reportedly denied involvement until he was confronted with the video and then produced the missing wallet.

Pakistani officials at first refused to tell their guests who the culprit was, until the furious Kuwaitis insisted and were shown the film.

Sources in the Ministry said an internal inquiry was now under way into the staff member and further action would be taken according to its conclusions.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan has long pledged to clean up Government and has for years railed against the graft and corruption among senior politicians and officials.

When questioned about the incident, Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that most of the Public Service had received their “moral training” during previous Governments.

Islamabad, 1 October 2018

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