Pakistan Diplomatic Service Working Against Sindhis!

by Dr. Ayoub Shaikh

An eye-opening article by Dr. Ayoub Shaikh on the discrimination of Sindhis in the Foreign Service of Pakistan. The article also highlight the issue of selling Pakistani passports to Burmese refugees in Saudi Arabia and have them settled in Karachi, Sindh.

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Selling of Passports and Settlement of Foreigners in Karachi

By: Dr. Ayoub Shaikh

Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Excerpt:

There are reports that more than 250,000 Pakistani passports have been sold to Burmese and nationals of other countries in Saudi Arabia and other countries. The purchasers of these passports have been migrating to Karachi for some time. The article demands that all those employees of Pakistani Embassy, who are involved in the illegal selling of Pakistani passports should be tried and sentenced to life imprisonment if found guilty.

Discrimination Against Sindhis in Pakistan Foreign Service

According to the article out of total 472 foreign service officers, only 44 are from Sindh. This represents less than 10% compared to the the 20% of Pakistani population that lives in Sindh. The article says that more than 85,000 illegal domiciles have been issued in the recent years. The illegally obtained domicile certificates are used by non-Sindhis to get employment against the quota established for Sindhis. IN the Ministry of Foreign affairs, out of seven (7) Additional Secretaries, none is a Sindhi. Out of 17 Director Generals, only two are Sindhis. Out of 34 Directors only two are Sindhis. Out of 74 Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors, only five (5) are Sindhis. It is said that the department has an unwritten rule for some time that no Sindhi will be promoted beyond 20th grade.

As Pakistan government does not publish correct figures, this under- representation of Sindhis cannot be confirmed by me. However, living in Washington DC for the last 12 years, where Pakistan has the largest embassy, I can say that the numbers quoted in the article are even on high side as the representation of Sindhis in the U.S. Embassy is substantially less than even 5%.

I hope overseas Sindhi organizations that are quite active in fighting for the Sindhi rights will start a campaign to secure a fair share of Sindhis in Pakistan’s Foreign services and other federal departments.

29 June 2010

One thought on “Pakistan Diplomatic Service Working Against Sindhis!”

  1. Maybe this is not discrimination against s Sindhis sir..

    “I hope overseas Sindhi organizations that are quite active in fighting for the Sindhi rights will start a campaign to secure a fair share of Sindhis in Pakistan’s Foreign services and other federal departments.”

    federal government is not going to employ underqualified personnel due to their ethnicity and to satisfy your ethnic nationalist desires .

    “It is said that the department has an unwritten rule for some time that no Sindhi will be promoted beyond 20th grade.”

    BY WHOM?!
    You have not substantiated your statements with referances to QUALIFIED SINDHIS that have been denied admission or promotion ….

    Unless you do that the accusations you make in this article may just be an amalgamation of lies and/or half-truths and twisted facts…

    “According to the article out of total 472 foreign service officers, only 44 are from Sindh. This represents less than 10% compared to the the 20% of Pakistani population that lives in Sindh.”

    Waitaminit,by ‘Sindhis’ you mean LINGUISTIC group Sindhis and they form about 13% of the country’s population so don’t quote the population of all of Sindh because then you should include the statistics for people from the entire province of Sindh and not just Linguistic Sindhis.

    “The article says that more than 85,000 illegal domiciles have been issued in the recent years. The illegally obtained domicile certificates are used by non-Sindhis to get employment against the quota established for Sindhis.”

    Not an example of discrimination but of mismanagement!

    “IN the Ministry of Foreign affairs, out of seven (7) Additional Secretaries, none is a Sindhi. Out of 17 Director Generals, only two are Sindhis. Out of 34 Directors only two are Sindhis. Out of 74 Assistant Directors and Deputy Directors, only five (5) are Sindhis. ”

    You yourself have quated that a certain amount of secretaries,directors etc are Sindhi and this goes to prove there is no discrimination.In this country,employment is done on the basis of three factors;

    -Merit and qualification(least important)
    -Bribery and potential to benefit
    -Clout and contacts(MOST important)

    The article has been written by an overseas Sindhi who knows little of how things are done in Sindh and Pakistan in general!

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