Islamabad: A senior Pakistani bureaucrat was caught on camera pocketing a wallet which was mistakenly left behind by a member of a visiting Kuwaiti delegation at the finance ministry.
In the six-second leaked CCTV footage which has gone viral on social media, the bureaucrat can be seen lifting the wallet from the table and putting it into his own pocket after the Kuwaiti delegates and other ministry officials had left the hall at the Economic Affairs Division after a meeting.
It may be mentioned that the finance ministry official was caught through CCTV footage after the members of the Kuwaiti delegation — in Islamabad to discuss plans to invest in Pakistan — lodged a strong protest.
The issue came to light when a member of the Kuwaiti delegation lodged a complaint with Pakistani officials that his wallet had gone missing during the meeting.
Following the complaint, a search was conducted in the ministry and all the rooms and offices were combed. Even the lower grade employees of the ministry were quizzed and physically searched but nothing was found.
Later, footage captured by a CCTV camera installed at the hall was examined, which revealed that the theft was committed by the senior officer.
Interestingly, when the officer was approached, he initially denied involvement but produced the wallet after the footage was shown to him.
So far, no case has been registered with the police, however, the ministry said that an internal inquiry was in progress against the bureaucrat and further action would be taken keeping in view its recommendations.