ISLAMABAD: An senior officer posted at the Pakistani Embassy in Ukrainian capital Kyiv has been dismissed from service for sexual harassment.
Waqar Ahmad, a BS-18 officer, was posted as the first secretary at the embassy. He was charged with gross misconduct and found guilty after an investigation.
Ahmed reportedly sexually harassed a member of the cleaning staff at the embassy and also threatened the staff member and had them dismissed from the job.
The Foreign Office said that Ahmed acted in a gravely inappropriate manner, was in breach of the ethical norms that apply to Pakistani officials, and abused his power as an officer, and was thereby liable for dismissal.
“Waqar Ahmad, a BS-18 officer, was charged with gross misconduct, conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman, conduct prejudicial to good order and service discipline,” the notification by the FO read.
“He was charged with sexual harassment of local-based cleaner/messenger, abuse of authority, creating hostile environment and unlawful termination of a local based employee,” it added.
“Having found Mr Waqar Ahmad (BS-18, FSP) guilty of above charges, Foreign Secretary has imposed a major penalty of removal from service with immediate effect,” it noted.
The Foreign Office found him guilty of the charges and has removed him from service under the Government Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 1973.