Fake news! Picture of Grade 20 officer caught stealing actually someone else

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A picture circulating on social media claiming to be that of the bureaucrat that stole money from a Kuwaiti delegate has been proven to actually be a picture of someone else entirely.

A few days ago, a video had gone viral on social media in which a man was seen swiping an unattended wallet from a table. The man was identified as BS-20 officer, Investment and Facilitation Joint Secretary Zarar Haider Khan, who stole the wallet of a Kuwaiti delegate.

Soon, a picture started circulating on the internet with people claiming that it was of Zarar Haider Khan. However, the picture was not at all of the offending officer, but rather of Ziad Haider, who is a Senior Associate and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Mr Ziad Haider, who is based in Washington DC and is not even from Pakistan, is the author of the book “The Ideological Struggle for Pakistan.”

He has also served as special representative for commercial and business affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Before that he was a senior adviser for international economic affairs on the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary of State; a White House fellow in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; a foreign policy aide in the U.S. Senate; and professional staff on the House Committee on Homeland Security.   

A known picture of the real culprit, Zarar Haider Khan, is yet to make an appearance on social media.

On the other hand, the Cabinet Division has issued a notification suspending Zarar Haider Khan “until further orders”.