ISLAMABAD The Ministry of Foreign Affairs while smelling a rat in its affairs has detected involvement of some of its officers in the cases of corruption and misappropriations including issuance of passports to unauthorised persons during their foreign postings. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi has submitted the details, through his written reply, in the Senate on a query of Senator Abdul Khaliq Pirzada hailing from the MQM. He had sought a reply from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking to disclose the names and designations of the officers or officials of the Ministry against whom cases of corruption and misappropriation had been surfaced during last five years indicating the present status of each case. According to details, Shafqat Ali Cheema, former second secretary, Parep Mardid was charged for issuance of the passports to unauthorised persons and a penalty of 'withholding of promotion for two years was imposed against the officer. G R Baloch, former counsel general and Mohammad Naeem, Assistant Parep Houston were also charged with the cases of same nature and the Ministry requested National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for initiation of legal proceedings against them. On reference filed by the NAB, National Accountability Court-II, Rawalpindi convicted both, officer as well as an official, under section 10 of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 and sentenced to RI for one year each and a fine of Rs 10000 and Rs 5000 each respectively. The Ministry also charged Dr Naeem Ahmed Arshad Qureshi, former Vice Counsel, Parep Toronto for acquiring illegal property and applying for political asylum in Canada by imposing the major penalty of removal from service against the officer. The administration also issued a penalty of caution with imposition of fine to the tune of 47,859 pounds against M Alam Brohi, former consul general, Parep Brimingham for irregularities and discrepancies in collection of passport fees. Faisal Abro, former Vice Consul, Parep Jeddah was recalled from the mission on the orders of the Ministry over charges of false claim of TA/DA and holding of dual passports. The administration has completed inquiry reports against the officer and is likely to take necessary action against him. The Ministry has also issued warning to former First Secretary, Pahic Ottowa, Ms Saqlain Syedah against charges of irregular hiring of residential property.