President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto directed Pakistan’s envoys abroad to maintain close contacts with Pakistanis in their area and to brief them regularly on the momentous national developments and the reforms the country is currently witnessing.
Instructions sent by the Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the President to all the Ambassadors abroad, stressed the need to receive with courtesy all Pakistanis, be they resident in the country of their accreditation or visitors in transit and to extend to them all possible assistance and consideration.
Pakistani diplomats have also been advised to adopt simple living and dignified behaviour because ostentatiousness may expose them to criticism bringing a bad name to their country.
The President reminded the Ambassadors that “we are now in the process of reconstructing a new Pakistan that will reflect the hopes, aspirations and dignity of our people. In this process we are undergoing nothing short of a peaceful revolution which must find expression not only in words, but in all our actions. An essential pre-requisite for re-establishing national dignity and giving a sense of direction to the country is a deeper understanding and closer co-operation between the public and the public servant. It is imperative that this new relationship must be reflected by our missions abroad.”