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Pakistan recalls consulate employee after he sexually assaulted girl in Toronto.

Toronto -- An employee of Pakistan's Toronto consulate was recalled to the country after an internal inquiry into a sexual allegation found him totally unfit for government service on June 23, media reported on Friday.

According to a 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.

An 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.

Officials with the High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa have denied there was a sexual assault at the country's consulate in Toronto. "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. She 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" including 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," Toronto Police spokesman Kevin Masterman said. "We investigated. We determined that it was an alleged assault."
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 14, 2012
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