Pakistan UN Permanent Representative replaced, Consul General posted in Houston

Pakistan UN Permanent Representative replaced, Consul General posted in Houston

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Islamabad, Oct 1: Close on the heels of his return from the United States where Indian diplomacy had the upper hand, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the foreign ministry establishment has ordered replacement of Maleeha Lodhi, Islamabad's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

A former Editor and educated in London, Ms Lodhi, had erred in one of her tweets and described British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as UK's Foreign Minister.

However, she later deleted the wrong missive and attributed it to a 'typo error'.

She has been replaced by an old hand Munir Akram, who was dismissed by the then Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari in the wake of differences on presenting the case of assassination of Benazir Bhutto to the United Nations.

Islamabad also cleared the appointment of Khalil Ahmad Hashmi, presently serving as Director General (UN) as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the world body in Geneva.

Abrar Hussain Hashmi has been appointed as Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a massive rally of 50,000 overseas Indians at Houston - also called energy capital of the world-in the presence of US President Donald Trump.

Islamabad watchers said Pakistani diplomacy suffered 'isolation' and a setback during last week's US conclave of global leaders at the UN General Assembly.

In contrast, India recorded a success. In the words of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, the main takeaways has been - "India embraces the world. And the world returns that interest in full measure".

Dr Jaishankar also said he had met 42 Foreign Ministers, including 36 bilateral consultations, 8 pull asides, 7 multilateral/plurilaterals and three speaking engagements. (UNI)