Pak embassy in Washington ran out of funds to pay wages

According to accounts, the Pakistani embassy in Washington had ran out of finances to pay salaries to some of its personnel for at least four months, but the Pakistani ambassador's active intervention saved the day.

From August 2021, at least five of the Pakistani embassy's locally hired contractual staffers encountered wage delays and non-payment. One of the five employees affected, who had worked with the embassy for ten years, quit in September due to delays and non-payment, according to the report.

These unpaid local employees were hired on a yearly contract basis by the embassy and paid the embassy's bare-minimum pay, which varies from 2,000 to 2,500 dollars per month per person.

Local employees, whether permanent or temporary, are not entitled to the same advantages and privileges as Foreign Office employees, such as healthcare coverage. According to the report, the domestic personnel are typically hired to assist with the 'Consular section,' which provides visa, passport, notarization, and other consular services to the diaspora.

According to sources, such employees are paid from the Pakistan Community Welfare (PCW) fund, which is created locally through service fees and then distributed locally.

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