Pakistan has listed one of its diplomatic buildings in the capital of the US for sale, despite claims from officials that neither the new nor the old embassies are for sale.
An official for Pakistan Embassy confirmed that the building is in the market.
“We are following the proper procedure for sale. It is still in the market, no final decision yet,” the official added.
The embassy claimed they were speaking with an appraiser to determine whether it would be preferable for them to sell the structure as-is or after restoration.
The embassy official also said that we are in no rush and will not conclude a deal that does not benefit Pakistan.
The current embassy is housed in a brand-new structure that was built in the early 2000s, whereas the previous embassy was located on Massachusetts Avenue, adjacent to the Indian embassy, in the centre of town.
According to some estimates, the embassy spent close to $7 million restoring the ancient structure and the ambassador’s formal apartment, which is nearby.
An ex-ambassador for Pakistan claimed that Jalil Abbas Jilani and Sherry Rehman had earlier been on the verge of selling the old embassy building before the government withdrew in response to a media frenzy.
Whereas, many also rejected the claim saying that government has no plans to sell the old embassy.