Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The contents of the threat letter not be disclosed to public: FO

In the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), making the contents of the claimed “threat letter” public would be harmful to the country’s national interests.

During his live presentation on Friday evening, Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed the threat letter and described what a cipher is – a coded message given by embassies to their respective countries — in more detail.

According to the foreign ministry, the coded communication delivered by the ambassador should not be made public since it contains sensitive information.

A senior source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who asked not to be identified, told that: “The Foreign Office believes that the foreign secretary should not make public the contents of the (coded) telegram dated March 7 since the contents are highly sensitive.”

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It was said that “the ambassadors should be encouraged to communicate their assessments based on their encounters with their interlocutors in host nations, and that any action taken in opposition to this would be damaging to the national interest.”

He stated that this is something that is done all over the world. An ambassador’s cable is never released for political reasons. “I can’t think of a single instance of this,” he continued.

The usage of messages concerning diplomatic engagements would prevent officials from the host nations from talking with their Pakistani counterparts, whose job it is to keep their headquarters up to speed with information pertinent to their country’s foreign policy objectives.

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