ISLAMABAD In a bid to stop political appointments of ambassadors, the career diplomats have decided to challenge their eligibility in the apex court, it has been learnt reliably. We have decided to approach the Supreme Court to get a decree to cleanse the Service from encroachers who serve their masters and not the country, confirmed a middle career diplomat posted in the Foreign Office on condition of anonymity. Career diplomats are said to have believed that the politicisation of bureaucracy has taken a toll on its efficiency. The junior career officers once given chances, performed wonders in African and Asian countries, but the political ambassadors when landed in the country started losing every gain. Sources from Foreign Office informed quoting the career diplomats that the ambassadors with political connections had little or no knowledge causing a lot of harm to the country rather than benefiting it. According to the inside sources, middle career diplomats have established a committee, which has been given a task to contact the colleagues for the donations to the cause including payments to the attorneys for the preparation the case before political ambassadors get extensions. It has been further learnt that the e-mails have already been sent to the officers of the cadre abroad, and initial response has remained overwhelming. It is for the second time that the career diplomats have joined hands to achieve a common goal; earlier, they succeeded in the cancellation of appointment of a DMG group officer as ambassador in France, informed a source, adding that it would be very difficult for big bosses of Ministry of Foreign Affairs to defend it, because some of the middle ranking officers had threatened to resign from their jobs. It is said that the middle career diplomats have decided to explain it in their resignation that they had found no charm in the service in the presence of well- connected outsiders (politically appointed non-career diplomats). The appointments of the political ambassadors, effectively curtails the chances of postings for the officers of the cadre. At present, all the lucrative posts are being occupied by non-career persons, belonging to various professions from teachers to journalists, bankers, etc. Last year, the appointment of a grade-20 District Management Group (DMG) officer as Pakistans ambassador to France had sparked inter-service opposition between the two top groups of the civil bureaucracy with the Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP) determined not to gulp down that appointment. Although the career diplomats got his posting cancelled with Prime Ministers, yet the appointment of the political persons at the lucrative places continued without any hindrance. At present, there are 18 politically appointed ambassadors; including some working professors who have spent millions on their scholarships to learn research but have deserted their positions to enjoy the perks and privileges at the cost of States interests. These lateral entrants hold 30 percent of the ambassadorial posts, which include the best missions. Almost all the main worlds capitals - Washington, New York (United Nations), London, Paris, Riyadh, Tehran, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi and Doha - have political appointees, while career diplomats have been posted in less important stations and capitals. Interestingly, some very senior officers of high repute have been serving in the Ministry without posting for the last three to four years with hope of consideration. It is also widely believed that Pakistans Ambassador to Abu Dhabi Khursheed Junejo and in Saudi Arabia Alisher Zai are creating a bad reputation for the country on account of their mysterious activities. According to the well-placed sources, career diplomats believed that the appointment of Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, who enjoyed an excellent track record in the service, should not have been made controversial by them, but they did so because he ingress upon the rights of the career diplomats. It is pertinent to mention here that the group of non-career diplomats is said to have hired a group of leading lawyers to plead this very crucial case of the national importance. Inside sources have claimed that this legal fight may prove to be decisive in the freedom of bureaucracy from the altercative executive.