Pakistan's high commissioner denies sex assault in Toronto consulate
High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada Mian Gul Akbar Zeb
TORONTO - Officials with Pakistan's High Commission in Ottawa have denied there was a sexual assault at the country's consulate in Toronto.
High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada Mian Gul Akb
"There was no sexual assault." commission spokesman Nazia Khalid insisted Wednesday. "It was a verbal exchange. I think it is being a bit misreported. "
She also claimed that High Commissioner Mian Gul Akbar Zeb was informed of the allegation and the inquiry into the matter.
However, a June 23 consular report obtained by the Toronto Sun this week said that a consulate employee was recalled to Pakistan after an internal inquiry into a sexual allegation found him "totally unfit" for government service.
The report, signed by acting consul general Imran Ali, said a Pakistani-Canadian woman was "subjected to sexual assault / misconduct by an official of the Pakistan Consulate in Toronto.
Ali declined comment Wednesday.
The inquiry committee found the employee "guilty of trying to use his position to coax the victim into a locked room with malicious intentions of molesting . physically assaulting her."
Khalid said Wednesday that "the complaint was not of an assault," and "everything was shared with the RCMP" when the inquiry ended.
"What (Zeb) communicated was that since the girl did not want to bring the charges initially, the case was not reported to local police," she said.
The report also detailed steps "being taken under the instructions and approval of the High Commissioner. " These include removing the official from consular duty. Once in Pakistan, "he must be proceeded against by his department for removal of service on grounds of moral turpitude.
Toronto Police confirmed that a report had been filed by the RCMP over the allegation.
"The initial report from the RCMP said there's an allegation of sexual assault, " spokesman Kevin Masterman said. "We investigated. We determined that it was an alleged assault."
He said the victim did not want to pursue charges, and the suspect had left the country.
"We confirmed that," added Masterman. "And then the case was closed."
RCMP media relations confirmed the matter was turned over to Toronto Police.
"The RCMP is aware of an alleged incident that occurred at the Pakistan Consulate." said spokesman Richard Rollings.
A foreign affairs department spokesman added foreign missions and consulates "should advise the police of jurisdiction when aware of alleged criminality."