Category : Appointment/ResignationPublished on: September 01 2023
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Geetika Srivastava, currently serving as joint secretary at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), will be India’s new chargé d’affaires at its high commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.
She will succeed Suresh Kumar, who is likely to return to New Delhi. After 77 years of Independence, India has appointed a female head of mission in Pakistan.
The appointment of Geetika Srivastava as the new CDA in Islamabad signifies a progressive step by the Indian government as it breaks the traditional male-dominated pattern of diplomatic appointments to Pakistan.
Geetika Srivastava worked in the Indian Embassy in China from 2007 to 2009, having learned Mandarin as part of her foreign language study.
She has also worked in the Regional Passport Office in Kolkata and as the MEA’s Director of the Indian Ocean Region division.