Once again, like thousands of Pakistani-origin people in the UK, I had perforce to visit the Pakistani High Commission for some work-- something that everyone dreads. It is actually quite sad, that despite all these long years (and Ive been going there since the late 1960s) the (a) generally negative staff attitude (b) lack of helpfulness and courtesy and (c) bureaucratic red-tapism has persisted, even got worse over time.
Once again, I was subjected to a long, tiring and humiliating rigmarole, with little actually getting done and only leaving me tired and disillusioned (am 65 years old this year)and dreading my next visit. I dont know why the staff is so rude and over-bearing and why they cant answer things straight and be generally helpful? isnt that supposed to be part of the diplomatic process, the reason these folk are here, 'representing' their nation? One always comes away with a rather bad taste in one's mouth, a sense of frustration and anger and also, some pity for all of our relatives and dear ones living under such bureaucratic nonsense, without any proper accountability, back in Pakistan. No wonder everybody there wants to shift to the UK! Believe me, nothing here is even a tiny bit as bad as things there; except in this little 'microcosm' in London.
Also-I cant figure out why the Pakistan HC dont utilise their website properly, when they have one that is supposed to be 'interactive'? Its a mess in itself, with lots of useless info and doesnt even provide a list of detailed contacts/officials there, so one may attempt to contact them from the safety and comfort of one's home; without exposure to their tantrums. But then, thats the whole purpose isnt it? Getting people to come over and be made to suffer.
I really must protest this sort of treatment most vehemently and must request the Pakistani authorities to do something to change the pathetic 'status quo'.