FO confirms official nabbed for alleged “unlawful activities”


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office Wednesday said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested director in the ministry of foreign affairs Shafqat Cheema for his “alleged involvement in some unlawful activities”.


In a statement issued here, the FO said that NAB arrested the officer and initiated investigation against him.

“The ministry is extending full cooperation to NAB in the spirit of accountability and fulfillment of due process of law,” it said.

Cheema was first arrested in 1997 on charges of car theft. He was subsequently dismissed from service in 1998, but was later reinstated by the Federal Service Tribunal in 2000, the statement said.

“Due to his continued undesirable activities, his services were placed at the disposal of Establishment Division in 2007.”

“On his plea, the Federal Service Tribunal transferred his services back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008. The Ministry placed a ban on his foreign postings and he could not earn any promotion as well due to his conduct. Currently he was un-assigned,” the statement added.