ISLAMABAD As the nation awaits findings of the inquiry report regarding the irregularities worth Rs 396.15 million allegedly committed by the high-ups of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the investigators have unearthed the embezzlement of millions of rupees by the Foreign Office officials. Original documents available with TheNation revealed that the investigators were astonished to observe that the officials of the Foreign Office incurred a sum of Rs 27.837 million on the purchase of gifts, entertainment, boarding/lodging and transportation of the foreign delegates, however no record pertaining to the above transactions was provided for the audit. According to the documents, investigators, who were given the task to compile a brief audit report on the accounts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for the year 2008-2009), had conveyed their observations to the big bosses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2009. In return, the auditors were informed by the 'baboos of the Foreign Office that they had directed the Protocol Section to extend their full cooperation providing all the relevant documents. However, the available documents reveal that the Protocol Section of Foreign Office had not provided the auditors with the relevant documents pertaining to the purchase of gifts etc. Furthermore, it has also been learnt that the auditors, in a meeting held on 30 December 2009, had directed the Ministry to provide record pertaining to the purchase of gifts, etc to the auditors for the verification within two weeks. However, no record was provided for the verification till the finalisation of the audit report. Meanwhile, this scribe managed to know that that the big guns of the foreign office were creating hurdles in the completion of the inquiry report regarding the irregularities worth Rs. 396.15 million committed by the high-ups of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had ordered an inquiry on October 17, 2009, after the publication of a story in TheNation regarding the irregularities worth Rs. 396.15 million committed by the high-ups of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, the reliable sources confirmed that the inquiry was incomplete even after the passage of nine months. Spokesperson of Foreign Office Abdul Basit had also confirmed it by sending an email to this correspondent at that time, stating that a thorough probe had been ordered in that regard. The email stated, The said audit observations pertain to the period 2006-2007. These payments belong to the official visits of the former prime minister to Kabul, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Belgium, Cuba and USA. The procedure for certification and record for such payments has since been rectified.