Kathmandu, Nepal, June 14, 2019: The government has decided to pick four ambassadors going against of its own procedure set by Ministry of Foreign Affairs last year. The government’s decision has not only been criticized from the concerned stake holders but also from the ruling head Nepal Communist Party (NCP) for nominating to those who lacks any diplomatic experience or expertise in the field even going against the procedures.
A cabinet meeting held on Thursday had decided to recommend Mahesh Dahal, Narad Bharadwaj, Banshidhar Mishra and Dawa Phuti Sherpa as ambassadors for Australia, Qatar, Bangladesh and Spain respectively.
As four ambassadorial posts were divided among the top leaders, particularly among the co-chairs duo- KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the dissident leaders of the party have raised the issue of procedures to appoint the ambassadors.
Considering to the growing trend of sending the kith and kin of the top leaders of the government head to foreign diplomatic missions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had introduced the criteria last year to ensure of selecting competent persons in the post of ambassadors. However, it has become amazing that incumbent government has breached its own criteria within a year of its commencement.
Reliable source at the party claims that Mahaes Dahal was recommended by NCP Co-Chair Dahal as he is a close relative and aide of him though he lacks any experience and expertise on diplomacy. Though he was initially a local level leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC), he had joined the NCP. He was considered as close aid of NCP Co-chair Dahal as he had played role to win in the election in Chitwan.
Likewise, another co-chair and Prime Minister Oli had recommended Bharadwaj as Nepal’s ambassador to Qatar, Sherpa as ambassador to Spain and Mishra as ambassador to Bangladesh. It is said that Bharadwaj, who was a retired professor of Tribhuvan University, was recommended to the post as he is a trusted colleague and close neighbor of Oli.
Similarly, Prime Minister Oli is also close to the family of Sherpa. She is the daughter of late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa- the first woman climber from Nepal to scale Mount Everest. Though she comes from a family of renowned tourism entrepreneur, she does not possess any qualification of a diplomat as set in the criteria set by the government.