n a significant reshuffle of diplomats, Pakistan on Monday got rid of Maleeha Lodhi and appointed Munir Akram as the rustic’s everlasting consultant to the United International locations.
The improvement got here simply an afternoon after Top Minister Imran Khan returned from the USA, the place he raised the Kashmir factor in his maiden deal with to the UN Basic Meeting ultimate week.
“Ambassador Munir Akram has been appointed because the Everlasting Consultant of Pakistan to the United International locations in New York, instead of Dr Maleeha Lodhi,” the International Place of work mentioned in a observation.
On the other hand, it gave no explanation why for her removing.
In his speech that went on for roughly 50 mins, a ways exceeding the 15-minute restrict for UN speeches throughout the Basic Debate, Khan trustworthy part of his deal with to the Kashmir factor, caution that if there’s face-off between two nuclear-armed neighbours, the results can be a ways past their borders.
His warfare rhetoric was once in sharp distinction to Top Minister Narendra Modi’s peace message from the similar podium short time previous through which he mentioned India is a rustic, that has “given the sector, now not warfare, however Buddha’s message of peace.”
Pakistan has been seeking to internationalise the Kashmir factor after India withdrew the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, however New Delhi has asserted the abrogation of Article 370 was once its “interior topic”.
The International Place of work observation mentioned Akram can be stationed on the UN’s New York headquarters.
He’s an skilled hand who served because the Everlasting Consultant of Pakistan to the UN from 2002 to 2008.
He was once brushed aside through the then president Asif Ali Zardari over his confrontation in presenting the case of assassination of Benazir Bhutto to the United International locations.
Akram had additionally courted controversy after he was once accused of home violence through his spouse, Marijana Mihic, in December 2002 whilst serving as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN. The case was once reportedly settled out of the courtroom and he was once now not charged with the crime because of his diplomatic immunity.
Akram specialises in multilateral international relations with really extensive enjoy over time on the UN’s New York and Geneva chapters. He studied on the Karachi College and graduated with a Masters stage in Political Science and a Bachelors in Legislation, the observation mentioned.
Amongst different transfers authorized through the high minister come with appointment of Khalil Ahmad Hashmi, right now serving as Director Basic (UN) at Ministry of International Affairs (MoFA), as Everlasting Consultant of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva.
But even so, Muhammad Aejaz, Further Secretary at MoFA, has been appointed as Hungary Ambassador; Syed Sajjad Haider, serving as Fee d’ Affaires in Pyongyang, as Kuwait Ambassador; Imran Ahmad Siddiqui, serving as Consul Basic in Toronto, as Dhaka Top Commissioner; Ahsan KK Wagan, serving as Fee d’ Affaires in Niamey, as Ambassador of Oman; and Main Basic Muhammad Saad Khattak as Sri Lankan Top Commissioner.
Different appointments come with Abdul Hamid as Consul Basic in Toronto and Abrar Hussain Hashmi as Consul Basic in Houston.