Slander campaign against the new Pakistani ambassador to UN Munir Akram

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Slander campaign against the new Pakistani ambassador to UN Munir Akram

ISLAMABAD: Slander campaign has been launched against the new Pakistani ambassador to UN Munir Akram.

The slander campaign against the appointment of Munir Akram as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations is reprehensible, said Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday.

In a weekly briefing, the spokesman was asked to comment on Dr Maleeha Lodhi’s removal and allegations against the new envoy.

“Why was Dr Maleeha Lodhi removed as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations despite the prime minister’s successful visit that she ably arranged? Why was Mr Munir Akram appointed in her place despite allegations against him and when will he proceed to New York?” asked a reporter.

Dr Faisal said: “I believe that Dr Maleeha Lodhi was replaced after the completion of her tenure”.

Rejecting the allegations against Pakistan’s new envoy, he said, “Unfortunately, there has been a slander campaign against the appointment of Ambassador Munir Akram, which is reprehensible”.

He said that Akram is a distinguished and experienced member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan and an eminent diplomat.