A Grade-20 officer has been suspended on the allegations of stealing the purse of a Kuwaiti delegate, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday.
The grade 20 officer was caught on CCTV camera stealing the purse of a Kuwaiti delegate.
According to Fawad Chaudhry, Zarrar Haider Khan, a grade 20 officer who is the joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production, was accused of stealing the purse of a Kuwaiti diplomat who was part of a delegation visiting Pakistan.
“The government [of Pakistan] has suspended Zarrar Haider” on disciplinary grounds, the Information Minister said. He further added, “An investigation has been launched” into the officer suspected of theft.
The suspension of grade 20 officer was confirmed through a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat.
The action of grade 20 officer caused a lot of embarrassment throughout the country after it was identified through a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage that went viral on social media.
According to a local media outlet, Zarrar Haider Khan first refused to have knowledge of the incident when authorities first questioned him about it. He, however, produced the stolen purse after he was shown the CCTV video.