Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to the US and the speech he delivered at the UNGA 2019 showed exactly how serious he is about the Indians needing to stop all the monstrosities going on in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan will now look to refrain from sitting back and instead, take immediate action to ensure the safety of Kashmiris.
On Monday, PM Imran Khan replaced Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s representative in the UN while in New York and appointed veteran diplomat and writer Munir Akram to take the lead and represent Pakistan in the UN headquarters from now on.
The news came in the form of a statement from the Foreign Minister stating that Munir Akram will now be the Permanent Representative of Pakistan. However, the reason for this change was not mentioned.
This came off as quite a surprise as both she and her team were applauded for managing the prime minister’s visit to New York by many, inclusive of government ministers. Though, as stated by some diplomatic sources, the reasons for her removal could perhaps be the bitter working relationship she maintained with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as well as the fact that she is believed to be extremely close to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the quondam ruling party.
Akram has formerly served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN and has written many articles, which serve as soul food for CSS aspirants. He is often widely known for having a rather hardcore, aggressive approach towards matters such as Kashmir, unlike Lodhi’s peace-making one.
The replacement of Lodhi was approved by PM Imran Khan in the Foreign Ministry along with many other postings and transfers.
Some of these appointments included Khalil Ahmad Hashmi, currently, the Director-General (UN) at MoFA has now been appointed as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva.
Furthermore, Imran Ahmad Siddiqui, presently the Consul General of Pakistan Toronto has now been posted as High Commissioner of Pakistan for Dhaka, Bangladesh. Additional Secretary (AIT) at MoFA, Muhammad Aejaz, has been appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Hungary while Major General Muhammad Saad Khattak has now been appointed as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.
Nonetheless, the appointment of Akram widely indicates that Pakistan is done playing nice and will now be more bold and aggressive towards the Indians regarding the Kashmir issue.
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