The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is mandated to support governments worldwide in matters relating to drugs, crime control, border management, human trafficking and human smuggling. The UNODC Country Office (COPAK) is mandated to support the government of Pakistan with technical assistance to enhance the capacity of police and prosecution authorities. To improve prosecution service through training, a position of National Prosecution Consultant was announced in March this year. On the basis of my ‘impressive’ credentials and long work experience, I was shortlisted for an interview on April 16, 2014. The date was changed to April 17, 2014, due to non-availability of Advisor Criminal Justice, in Islamabad.

On April 17, 2014, when I reached UNODC office in the Diplomatic Enclave at 1400 hours, I found the Front Office completely ignorant about my interview. After contacting the concerned authority, the Receptionist guided me to the ‘kitchen’ (Canteen). After sometime Manager Program Prosecution appeared in the KITCHEN and guided me to the Conference Hall. He told me that the Advisor Criminal Justice was out of his office. However, he joined the discussion after lunch at Islamabad Club. After he left, HR Associate also showed up. I came back from the interview with the impression that UNODC has no respect for Pakistanis. I think terrorism, crimes, drugs and corruption have tarnished the image of Pakistan in the eyes of the international community. It is a very serious situation. Citizens of Pakistan are treated with disrespect in their own country. It does not, and cannot  happen in other countries. Our leadership must address these issues if we want to live with honour in the world.

ASGHAR MAHMOOD,

Islamabad, April 25.