Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry today termed as "disgusting" a letter written to him by former envoy to India Abdul Basit and told the former diplomat that "jealousy has no remedy."
Chaudhry told journalists that Basit’s letter, which had been making rounds on social media since Monday night, was "too rude and uncalled for", Dawn reported. He calling Basit’s letter "disgusting".
Basit "wrongly thinks that he could not reach the post of foreign secretary because of me ? he has since retired," Chaudhry said in his response which was emailed to journalists.
"I have served my country to the best of my abilities. Some of us like Basit fail to realise that life is a combination of human endeavour and fate. We have to accept in humility what life gives us and then thank the Creator for that," he was quoted as saying. "Jealousy has no remedy," he added.
In his letter, Basit had slammed Chaudhry as the "worst foreign secretary ever" and blamed him for several foreign policy disasters including the Ufa joint statement with India.
Chaudhry further said that after the letter became public, many colleagues expressed their support and friendship to him. "Now that the letter is on social media, I thought I should share with you my sense of disappointment at being targeted like that," he said.
Basit, who was twice overlooked for the post of foreign secretary, made the harsh remarks in the letter dated July 5, 2017 and printed on his official letterhead while he still served as Pakistan’s high commissioner in New Delhi.
"The more I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary ever," Basit wrote in response to a farewell letter by Chaudhry which he sent to Basit on March 12 after his appointment as the ambassador of Pakistan to Washington.
Instead of wishing him good luck on his new assignment, Basit had an ominous warning in the letter: "My concern is that you would also end up being the worst Pakistan Ambassador in Washington D.C."
Basit opted for an early retirement earlier this month and was replaced by Sohail Mahmood as the high commissioner. It is pertinent to mention that Chaudhry was appointed as the foreign secretary by ignoring Basit. Basit was again ignored this year when his junior Tehmina Janjua was appointed foreign secretary, replacing Chaudhry who was sent to the US as Pakistan’s ambassador.