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Senior female diplomat of Afghanistan to India resigns days after being caught smuggling gold at Mumbai airport

08:28 PM May 04, 2024 IST | GK Web Desk
senior female diplomat of afghanistan to india resigns days after being caught smuggling gold at mumbai airport
Image posted by Wardak on her official X handle
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New Delhi: Appointed by the Ashraf Ghani government before the Taliban took over the state. the only female representative of Afghanistan, Zakia Wardak has resigned from the post, she said.

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The senior Afghan diplomat in India was allegedly intercepted while trying to smuggle 25-kilograms of gold worth about Rs 18-crore from Dubai into India.

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Wardak attributed her decision to "personal attacks and defamation" and a "public narrative unfairly targeting the only female representative within this system," NDTV reported.

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The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence last week April had intercepted with gold at the Mumbai aiport. While the gold was seized and a case registered, Wardak wasn't arrested because of Diplomatic Immunity.

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The diplomat was appointed by the previous Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan, which was replaced by the Taliban in 2021. India still works with the appointees of the Ghani government.

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In a statement announcing her decision to step down from her post effective Sunday, Ms Wardak said, "Over the past year, I have encountered numerous personal attacks and defamation not only directed towards me but also towards my close family and extended relatives."

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"These attacks, which appear to be organised, have severely impacted my ability to effectively operate in my role," she said.

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"It has been a great privilege working alongside the people of India for these years. I am grateful for the collaborative efforts and shared vision for progress between our nations," she wrote in the statement.

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