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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed concerns over the manner in which the performance of ministries was scrutinized.

In a letter of protest to the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Establishment, Arbab Shehzad, regarding the distribution of ministers’ performance and certificates of appreciation, Shah Mehmood Qureshi strongly protested against the non-recognition of the Foreign Ministry’s performance.

In the letter, he said that the Foreign Ministry had achieved 22 out of 26 targets in the first quarter of the Performance Agreement and 18 out of 24 targets had been successfully achieved in the second quarter. The Foreign Ministry ensured that no case was pending during the review period.

The letter stated that the Foreign Ministry had carried out high-level activities during the period and no concern was expressed over the steps and objectives of the Foreign Ministry.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi questioned that no written guidelines were provided for the third quarter.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ranked 11th in the performance list and I have strong reservations about the Review Committee’s ranking,” he said.

 He said that the Performance Agreement (PA) did not take into account the performance of the Foreign Ministry in achieving its objectives.

The Foreign Minister stated that in the first quarter of the Performance Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs achieved 22 of the 26 targets, one of the other four targets had been worked up to 99% and the reasons for the delay in work on three targets were mentioned in the letter on 27th October.

“I was told that the average performance of the ministries is 62 per cent whereas the performance of the foreign ministry in the first quarter was 77 per cent in achieving the performance targets,” he explained.

He said that in the second quarter, the Foreign Ministry achieved 18 out of 24 targets, 4 targets are 75% to 99 percent complete, and one target is part of other ministries and departments.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised the question that no written guidelines were provided for the third quarter. In a letter to the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister has also sought a written answer to these questions.

On the other hand, while talking in talk show, Special Assistant Arbab Shehzad said that he does not agree with Shah Mehmood. “If Shah Mehmood is angry, it is his right.”