While the government is seemingly helpless in controlling smuggling, electricity and gas theft, and other illegal activities that are hampering the overall austerity drive, it can at least save a huge amount of money by rationalising the number of embassies and consulates it has in various parts of the world, and the number of staff at each such centre. Most of the embassies deal with visas which can be issued online from Islamabad.

To my knowledge, we have 86 embassies in total, and 20 of them are in Europe and 15 in Africa. Do we really need to have them all? What about the ones in Rwanda, Niger, Senegal and Sudan? A bit of unconventional and unemotional rationalisation will help us a great deal.

Shakir Lakhani



March 19, 2023