The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Senator
Irfan Siddiqui on Wednesday said the passive attitude of the Foreign Office and
the Ministry of Interior towards the Pakistani woman Sumaira, who has been
stranded in India, is sheer non-professionalism.

While talking to a group of journalists at
his office on Wednesday, the PMLN senator Irfan Siddiqui said, “Even the ruling
passed on February 17 by the chairman of Senate is being ignored,” saying
in spite of various reminders, the FO officials did not even bother to provide
any latest details regarding the issue related to the stranded Pakistani woman.
He told the journalists that he had sent a text message to the Foreign
Ministry’s spokesperson Asim Iftikhar through his WhatsApp number on Tuesday,
at 11:21am, requesting the FO official to call him back.

“After getting no response from the spokesman, Siddiqui’s staff
called Asim Iftikhar on his landline number, but they were told that the
spokesman would call senator back after 10 minutes but the official had not yet
contacted,” the senator added.

Replying to a question, Siddiqui said he was not aware of any
report sent to the Senate by the Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, even after a ruling of the chairman of Senate on the same issue.

The PMLN senator said the bureaucratic mindset has ruined the
entire system in a way that no one wants to even pay respect to the parliament
or ready to accord any importance to the humanitarian issues. He said apart
from the announcement of issuance of citizenship certificate to the stranded
woman by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, neither the Government of
Pakistan, nor the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, took any measure to keep
the nation informed regarding the progress on Sumaira’s case.

Senator Siddiqui said he would submit a privilege motion on the
inappropriate behaviour and unprofessionalism of the Foreign Ministry’s
spokesman in this regard. In response to a question, he said, “I have also met
the Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani on Wednesday, who managed to get information
about Sumaira from the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.

The Chairman Senate informed me that the High Commissioner has
contacted Sumaira, whose travel documents are being prepared and hopefully she
will be sent back to Pakistan as soon as possible,” he added.

The senator revealed that the Indian lawyer, who helped the
stranded woman, had also confirmed that she had come in contact with the
Pakistani High Commission, saying if this exercise would have been started some
six months ago, the woman could have reached her home.

He appreciated the efforts of chairman Senate in this regard.
Siddiqui had raised the issue of Pakistani woman Sumaira in the Senate on
September 14, at a time when tribute was being paid to Muskan, a brave daughter
of Bengaluru of India.

Sumaira had been in the custody with her four-year-old daughter
for the past six months after serving a four-year sentence just because she was
not provided a Pakistani citizenship certificate.

On February 17, Irfan Siddiqui raised the issue again in the
Senate, on which Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani asked the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Ministry of Interior to report to the Senate on daily basis about
the stranded woman.


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