Maleeha Lodhi being replaced by Munir Akram so suddenly is raising a lot of concerns
Prime Minister Iran Khan recently came back from the US after attending the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. His trip, particularly his powerful speech at the UN General Assembly, is being hailed ass a big victory. However a sudden announcement is making a lot of people question the claims of a successful UN trip.
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi was just replaced by Munir Akram as the permanent representative of Pakistan at UN and people have a lot of concerns
Munir Akram has already served as Pakistan permanent representative to the United Nations from 2002-2008, under President General Pervez Musharraf, after serving in a similar position to the UN in Geneva from 1995 to 2002.
— ARY News (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) September 30, 2019
Speculations regarding why Maleeha Lodhi was replaced by Munir Akram started making rounds
People have so many thoughts as to why this is a good step and the reasons why Maleeha Lodhi was removed from her office immediately after PM Khan came back from his visit to the UN.
Her performance on Kashmir issue was very poor. She is very tactful lady and managed to remain in office through manoeuvrings in different govt. Better she has been sent packing. Munir Akram is also spent cartridge. Will be unreasonable to expect much from him at this age.
— Pervez Iqbal (@PervezI05130532) October 1, 2019
A lot of people are also concerned with Munir Akram being accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend, in the US
In 2003, Munir Akram’s then-girlfriend Marijana Mihic called the Manhattan police to report Munir Akram for violence assault against her. However, the charges were dropped after a month.
Niazi has appointed Munir Akram as Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations. Munir Akram had a sexual harassment case against while he was working at the same position a few years back. If no one else at least NYPD is familiar to him.
— Khawaja Ashraf (@drkashraf) September 30, 2019
The arrests weren’t made, allegedly, because of his political immunity at that time for holding a high-profile diplomatic office.
Munir Akram (the guy who is taking over Maleeha Lodhi’s position) is a domestic abuser who wasn’t charged for the sole reason that he had diplomatic immunity at the time.
Either PTI’s vetting process is crap or it doesn’t give a crap.
— Anaya Khan (@AnayaNKhan) September 30, 2019
Unsurprisingly, people across the Wagah also raised questions about this appointment
Funnily, Indians seemed rather concerned and believed that Munir Akram’s “anti-Indian” personality might be the sole reason for appointing him.
Oh my Munir Akram to replace Maleeha Lodhi. Now that is an improvement. Or is it? In 2003, Akram's then girlfriend, Marijana Mihic, called the Manhattan Police to report Akram for violent assault.Also he is viceraly anti-India. That may have worked for him https://t.co/4fQcdHkww8
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) September 30, 2019
People are calling the replacement of Maleeha Lodhi with Munir Akram as a bad decision
Only time will tell. Also, the government isn’t afraid of taking u-turns so maybe if the backlash on this appointment is string enough, we may see another u-turn?
Really not sure about the merits of replacing Maleeha Lodhi with Munir Akram. Seems to be a regressive step to me. Hopefully this is not part of the Buzdarification process.
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) September 30, 2019
Seriously, Munir Akram? The man is unhinged. Is this the best we have got? Maleeha Lodhi, an opportunist alright, but she atleast has a few brain cells.
— NaPoha (@NaPoha_) September 30, 2019
Sarcastic, snide comments were made about his “girlfriend beater” status
beat, hit & Munir Akram in the same sentence? Oh-kay!
It’s difficult to beat Munir Akram as a diplomat. He is likely to be quite a hit in New York.
Errrrr… I think I should rephrase both those sentences…
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) September 30, 2019
There are, however, some people who’re really glad about this decision
Some people felt glad about this decision & believed he would prove to be brilliant.
Munir Akram is an excellent choice. I don't give 2 hoots abt his personal life. He's a brilliant, no-nonsense diplomat, is a rare & talented combo of hawkish & intellectual. That's what we need. Not those who's primary focus is personal networking#MaleehaLodhi
— Mar Khor (@Engr_Raufkhan) October 1, 2019
But concerns regarding the timings of this sudden change are valid
Munir Akram is indeed a fine diplomat and will prove to be a good decision Insha'Allah but the timings of this replacement have signalled well for the propagandist elements.#MunirAkram #Diplomacy pic.twitter.com/koEJtfYxdP
— Muhammad Shafique (@Shafique3857) September 30, 2019
What do you think about replacing Maleeha Lodhi with Munir Akram as the permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN? Share your insights in the comments below.
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