James Forsyth James Forsyth

Could Warsi’s next job be High Commissioner to Pakistan?

Sayeeda Warsi’s upbraiding of Pakistan for not living up to Jinnah’s ideals is another sign of how the government believes Baroness Warsi to be uniquely able to speak to Britain’s most difficult ‘ally’. David Cameron and his circle were thoroughly impressed by how Warsi managed to cool tempers in Islamabad following the Prime Minister’s criticism of Pakistan, in of all places India, for facing both ways in the war on terror and have been using her since to speak to the country’s leadership.

Given that the Tory high command does not believe Warsi to be suited to being an election-campaign party chairman or to running a department, this raises the intriguing prospect that they might instead appoint her as Britian’s next high commissioner to Pakistan. One former colleague, who often clashed with her, thinks that this would be her ideal job. The argument goes that with an effective Foreign Office number two, Warsi could get far more out of the Pakistani government than a regular diplomat could.

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