Pakistani bureaucrat who stole Kuwaiti delegate’s wallet removed from service

  • Zarrar Haider Khan, joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production, remains in police custody
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A BS-20 officer of the bureaucracy’s elite Pakistan Administrative Service cadre has been suspended from service on disciplinary grounds after he was caught stealing the wallet of a foreign dignitary in the federal capital.

Zarrar Haider Khan, joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production, brought shame to the nation on Friday after being caught on closed-circuit TV (CCTV) camera pocketing the wallet of a member of the Kuwaiti delegation which was visiting the country to discuss investment plans in Pakistan.

In the six-second leaked video clip, which also went viral on social media, the bureaucrat could be seen picking the wallet from a table and putting it into his pocket at a time when the Kuwaiti delegates and officials of the ministry had left the hall of the Economic Affairs Division after their meeting.

Grade 20 officer filmed stealing Kuwaiti delegate’s wallet

His arrest came after members of the Kuwaiti delegation lodged a strong protest with Pakistani officials regarding the missing wallet, which reportedly contained a significant sum of Kuwaiti dinars.

The officer first denied his involvement in the theft. However, when the CCTV footage was shown to him, he produced the wallet.

The spokesperson of the finance ministry refused to comment on the issue; however, the wallet was returned to the delegation.

So far, no complaint has been registered with the police. An internal inquiry is in progress.