Pakistani counselor in Sweden asked to leave country

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Commercial Counselor (CC) in Sweden Saima Sabah has been declared persona non grata for breaking the laws of the country, Pakistan Today learnt.

Sources told this scribe that the Swedish government has asked the Pakistani diplomat to leave the country within three days and Pakistani embassy in Stockholm has been asked to inform the Swedish foreign ministry regarding her departure till Monday.

The Pakistani embassy in Stockholm and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet disclosed the allegations imposed on Saima Sabah, however, sources said that she has broken the Swedish civil laws upon which she asked to leave the country.

Sabah went to Stockholm as a commercial counselor in 2016 and she is the officer of Pakistan Audit and Accounts service.

This is reportedly the first case of Swedish government declaring a Pakistani counselor as persona non grata.

Sources told that a brawl between the said CC and ambassador of Pakistan in Sweden had happened six months ago over the matter of calling a business delegation from Pakistan.

Upon this, the ambassador asked the commerce ministry to call back Sabah but the matter was later resolved amicably with the interference of the high-ups belonging to the ministries of foreign affairs and commerce, they added,

Officials, on the condition of anonymity, told Pakistan Today that Sabah has returned to Pakistan.

It was added that the Ministry of Commerce deals with the commercial attache and the commerce secretary might know about the charges upon which she has been recalled.