444 officials serving at 10 Pakistani missions: NA told

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ISLAMABAD Nov 21 (APP): Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign
Affairs Sartaj Aziz Monday informed the National Assembly that a total 444 Pakistani officials and employees are serving in nine countries including United States, London and some Middle East countries.

Replying to a query during Question Hour, the Advisor said that out of stated number of employees 117 are serving only at Pakistani missions in United States.

Giving details, the Advisor said, 30 employees are working at Pakistani mission in Berlin, 16 at mission in Frankfurt, 12 in Bahrain, 25 in Doha, 32 in Paris, 43 in Kuwait, 76 in London, 58 in Abu Dhabi, 35 in Dubai, 56 in Washington, 38 in New York, six in Houston, eight in Los Angeles and nine at Chicago.

The strength of these missions was the approved strength as of October 2016.

However, the actual strength may be lower in some cases, the Advisor said.

Replying to a supplementary question, he said, “there is no quota in initial appointment and the posting tenure is three years.”

He also informed that Pakistani mission in Saudi Arabia provides legal aid to the Pakistanis detained over there on different charges. However, the decision on their release or punishment has to be taken by the courts under the Saudi laws.