ISLAMABAD It can happen only in Pakistan where a high-ranking career diplomat not only neglected his duties but also made fun of his countrymen and went on long leave after getting inquiry report of his own choice. Counsel General of Pakistan in New York Babar Hashmi who, according to media reports, missed a golden chance to get funds for his countrymen affected by floods and was accused of neglecting his duty was given a clean chit by the inquiry officer. According to some media reports, the Nasdaq Stock Market, an American Stock Exchange, offered the Consul General in New York an hour of free-of-charge use of its seven-storey tall Market Site Tower, a massive video display in Times Square in New York, to broadcast an appeal for Pakistans flood victims. Given the high visibility of the display, it was expected that this would garner at least $1 million in donations. However, Hashmi instead of taking maximum advantage of the opportunity allegedly squandered the opportunity by broadcasting his own images. He has been thoroughly vilified for this action. After these accusations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs tasked Ambassador Hussain Haqqani to conduct inquiry to the flawed show. According to sources, Ambassador Haqqani submitted a written report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a couple of days back which stated that Babar Hashmi was not proved guilty of the allegations levelled against him. Although it was not verified officially but sources privy to development told this correspondent that Counsel General used his influence to get clearance by the inquiry officer who was none other than Ambassador of Pakistan to the US. Sources further told that Hussain Haqqani was moving a senior officer Faqir Asif Hussain from Washington to New York as Counsel General, however, this could not be verified officially. Interestingly, Babar Hashmi has been sent on leave a few days before Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is to arrive in New York. When contacted by this correspondent Friday evening, the FO Spokesman Abdul Basit confirmed that inquiry report had been received, however, he denied to reveal its details. Yes, I can confirm that we have received the inquiry report which was initiated against Pakistans Counsel General in New York, Basit said adding that Hashmi had applied for leave which had been granted. Babar Hashmi came into limelight when media reports accused him of not taking advantage of one-hour time given to him by NASDAQ Stock Exchange to talk about flood in Pakistan. According to media reports, the Pakistani Consulate had been given an entire hour to air a video about the floods, and claimed that an unnamed executive at the NYSE expressed dismay that Pakistan was unable to take advantage of their offer. This official allegedly stated, I think we are stupid that we made this offer to Pakistan. Responding to the same allegations, Babar Hashmi clarified that media event at Nasdaq was not more than 15-minute long. The Consul General was invited to only ring the closing bell of the market day on August 25, 2010, as the chief guest. He turned the simple bell-ringing event into an opportunity for highlighting the plight of the flood-affected people of his country. Also, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its press briefings on September 2 and September 9 told reporters that the Counsel General was given 15 minutes to talk about flood in Pakistan. Moreover, in response to inquiries, a Nasdaq spokesperson is said to have stated that Nasdaq has already made good on its word. It is pertinent to mention here that, on September 3 Nasdaq invited the American arm of the UNHCR to the Closing Bell ceremony. The UNHCRs appeal for flood relief in Pakistan was also broadcast on the Tower, accompanied by a video featuring Hollywood actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.