New Nepal envoy unlikely soon

January 05, 2014 - 3:52:32 am

Embassy of Nepal 

By Fazeena Saleem

DOHA: Nepal is unlikely to appoint a new ambassador to Qatar in the near future, since a case filed by the former envoy, the controversial Maya Kumari Sharma in her country’s highest court against her recall from Doha has not concluded, a senior diplomat said yesterday.

Though the Nepalese government is looking into the possibility of appointing a new ambassador to Qatar, the legal process would take several months, according to Harihar Kant Poudel, Second Secretary at Nepal Embassy in Qatar.

“We can’t give an exact time for the appointment of a new ambassador, since the case has to be heard and examined and a judgment given by the court. Until then the chargé d’affaires will be in charge,” Kant Poudel told this newspaper yesterday.

“So many diplomats had been recalled from several places for different reasons. They leave and a new one is appointed. This is a very rare and unique case of a diplomat going to court against the recall,” he added.

Ganesh Prasad Dhakal is functioning as the temporary head of the Nepalese mission in Doha after Sharma was recalled in October last year.

Less than halfway into her tenure as ambassador, Sharma was recalled by the Nepalese government which was dissatisfied with her performance.

Sharma waded into a controversy after being quoted by some western media outlets criticising Qatar on labour issues in July 2013. She denied the allegations and said that she was misquoted.

She challenged her recall by filing a petition in her country’s supreme court claiming the decision was unlawful as she was appointed by Nepal’s President and was issued following due legal procedures. She accused the Nepal government of not giving her a chance to defend the charges levelled against her.

Sharma had got a stay order from the supreme court in October last year on her recall from Qatar. 

However she went back to Nepal later in October. The court also directed the government not to appoint a new ambassador until it issued a judgement.

Sharma told this daily earlier that she was not sure of getting justice because the “Nepalese government has so much influence over the country’s judiciary.”

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