Ombudsman orders dismissal of senior Foreign Service official – Latest News – The Nation

Islamabad – The Federal Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of a senior foreign service officer of BPS-22 Ambassador (Retired) Nadeem Riaz, now retired from the foreign service, over allegations of sexual harassment against a woman. commercial agent Saira Imdad Ali, while the two were stationed at the Pakistani Embassy in Rome, Italy.

The Federal Ombudsman has rendered the verdict on Saira Imdad Ali’s complaint against Ambassador Nadeem Riaz. In his verdict, the mediator also fined Ambassador Nadeem Riaz five million rupees and ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement the decision in letter and spirit and report to the Registrar of the Mediator within seven days. Ambassador Nadeem Riaz has been retired from the Foreign Service for two years and is currently appointed Chairman of the Institute for Area Studies under contract by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as it is the official think tank of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Saira Imdad Ali, in her complaint, recounted Nadeem Riaz’s treatment and attitude to her while she was stationed at the Pakistani Embassy in Rome as a commercial officer. She said she was treated in a disrespectful, hostile and humiliating manner by Nadeem Riaz, head of the mission in Pakistan. She said she was also disrespected by the ambassador during a meeting, when a delegation of women from the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce visited the Pakistani Embassy in Rome. Sources at the Foreign Office say the Foreign Office must immediately dismiss him from the Area Studies Institute as president and will have to cease his pension and retirement benefits as per court orders. Powers of the ombudsman equivalent to those of the tribunal de grande instance. She also alleged that her salary was stopped by the ambassador, that she did not receive help from a translator, which created obstacles in her official work. Ambassador Nadeem Riaz was married to fellow foreign service officer Ayesha Riaz, but she divorced him a long time ago for personal reasons. Nadeem Riaz also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Additional Secretary (Europe) in 2014-15.