Pakistan drops Lodhi, Akram is now UN envoy

In a major reshuffle of diplomats, Pakistan on Monday removed Maleeha Lodhi and appointed Munir Akram as the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

The development came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from the U.S., where he raised the Kashmir issue in the UN General Assembly last week.

“Ambassador Munir Akram has been appointed the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, in place of Dr. Maleeha Lodhi,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

However, it gave no reason for her removal.

In his 50-minute speech, far exceeding the 15-minute limit for UN speeches during the General Debate, Mr. Khan devoted half of his address to the Kashmir issue, warning that if there’s a face-off between the two nuclear powers, the consequences would be far beyond their borders.


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