Geetika Srivastava becomes the first woman Charge d'Affaires (CDA) in Pakistan

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Geetika Srivastava, a 2005 batch IFS officer, was named as the first woman Charge d'Affaires (CDA) at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

An Overview of the News

  • Geetika Srivastava is currently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and looks after the Indo-Pacific Division. She will replace Dr. M Suresh Kumar.

  • He worked in the Indian Embassy in China from 2007 to 2009.

  • Srivastava also held the position of Director in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and served as the Regional Passport Officer in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Important Points

  • Saad Ahmad Waraich has been appointed as the new Charge d'Affaires at the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi, Delhi.

  • Diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan were downgraded in August 2019, following India's decision to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. As a result, the Indian and Pakistani High Commissions in Islamabad and Delhi are managed by their respective charge d'affaires.

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