The incident took place inside Pakistan's finance ministry building
A Pakistani senior bureaucrat caused embarrassment to the country when he was caught stealing the wallet of a member of the Kuwaiti delegation which visited the country to discuss investment plans in Pakistan, Pakistani media outlets reported.
The theft was committed by a officer of the Pakistan Administrative Services Group, deployed at the Finance Ministry, The Dawn reported. The act was recorded in a closed-circuit TV camera (CCTV) installed in the hall at the Economic Affairs Division where the members of the Kuwaiti delegation were gathered earlier. Two separate video clips of the incident leaked to media.
According to Dawn, the Kuwaiti delegation had highlighted that one of its members had lost his wallet which had several high denomination notes of Kuwaiti Dinar. The entire Finance Ministry building was searched and lower-grade employees frisked but to no avail.
Grade 20 GoP officer stealing a Kuwaiti official's wallet - the official was part of a visiting delegation which had come to meet the PM pic.twitter.com/axODYL3SaZ— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) September 28, 2018
It was only when the CCTV recordings were scanned that the guilty bureaucrat was caught and the wallet recovered.
In the six-second leaked video clip, which also went viral on social media, the bureaucrat could be seen lifting the wallet from the table and putting it into his pocket at a time when all Kuwaiti delegates and officials of the ministry had left the hall at the Economic Affairs Division after the meeting.
It is reported, the Kuwaiti delegation was fuming when informed of the incident and their initial request for the identity of the accused was met with reluctance. They were, instead, assured that proper legal action would be taken. Upon insisting though, they were shown the CCTV footage.
In what could be like adding insult to injury, Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry later reportedly told journalists that the current batch of bureaucrats had received “moral training” from the previous government.