Khobragade’s name was officially proposed in June this year. In the same month, India further reduced diplomatic relations with Pakistan to a 50% reduction in mission power.
The government sees Khobragade’s rejection of Pakistan as an attempt to bring her back to India for her decision to cut her ties and as a sign of disappointment over the fact that Islamabad’s information war on the Kashmir issue is internationally Has failed to gain much profit.
Pakistan’s objection is apparently related to Khobragade’s seniority as she feels she is too senior to lead the Indian mission when its strength has halved and at a time when there is hardly any bilateral engagement between the two countries.
India believes that however it is not for Pakistan to determine the appointment of Indian diplomats in Islamabad and is likely to respond to appropriate action. It is rare for a country to reject the appointment of a diplomat at this level.
An IFS officer of 1995 batch, Khobragade is currently serving as a Joint Secretary in the Department of Atomic Energy. He has previously served as the Indian Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic before working in junior capacity with Indian Missions in Russia, Spain and Kazakhstan. Khobragade has served in Pakistan before, but it is unlikely that her rejection of her visa has anything to do with her first term in Islamabad. Since the two countries recalled their high commissioners last year, their missions have been led by Charge d’Affairs.
India believes that Pakistan has not come to terms with the cancellation of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories.
Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan is likely to raise the issue again in his UN address on 25 September. The government slammed the United Nations Human Rights Council this week for making a “false and fabricated” statement to discredit India. “Neither India nor any other country deserves this unwanted lecture on human rights that has consistently tortured its ethnic and religious minorities, is an epicenter of terrorism, the distinction of providing pensions to individuals on the UN sanctions list And is a Prime Minister who proudly accepts training tens of thousands of terrorists to fight in Jammu and Kashmir, ”said Pawan Badhe, First Secretary of India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva.
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