On Saturday, the visually impaired diplomat from Pakistan, Saima Saleem, won the praise of many on social media, including Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram, for her commendable United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) speech by using braille (a form of written language for blind people) for the very first time to present the country’s position.
Saima is the first blind Civil Servant of Pakistan. She holds several honorable degrees including M.Phil in English Literature from Kinnaird University for Women (Pakistan, 2008), Fulbright fellowship in Advanced Studies in International Affairs from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (United States, 2012) and LLM in international law with a specialization in international human rights law and international humanitarian law from Geneva Academy, University of Geneva (Switzerland, 2019).
Currently, Saima is working as the Deputy Secretary at the Prime Minister Office. Prior to that, she was Human Rights Expert in Geneva.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations,, Munir Akram congratulated Saima Saleem on her powerful speech representing the country during the UNGA session on Twitter. He wrote, I congratulate Saima Saleem, my team member, for successfully putting forward Pakistan’s position by exercising the right of reply. She spoke using Braille for the first time from UNGA hall
I congratulate Saima Saleem, my team member, for successfully putting forward Pakistan's position by exercising right of reply.
She spoke using Braille for the first time from UNGA hall.#SaimaSaleem #UNGA 🇵🇰🇺🇳 pic.twitter.com/iy7K8h1HZI
— Pakistan Permanent Representative to UN (@PakistanPR_UN) September 25, 2021
Many others on social media congratulated Saleem following Munir Akram’s tweet
Massive respect to the incredible #SaimaSaleem, Wow Absolutely speechless…#UNGA #PakistanZindabad https://t.co/xa3151nzT3
— Mazhar Ali (@mazhar5ali) September 26, 2021
Congrats Saima Saleem, you’re truly a role model for us.#UNGA #SaimaSaleem https://t.co/KfttS64DFc
— Aman Ullah🇵🇰 (@chAmanullah710) September 26, 2021
Saima really did a great job. Hats off to her… https://t.co/b5em6Pe3pD
— Hassan Jamati (@jamati786) September 26, 2021
Splendid and robust representation by a well chosen delegate. https://t.co/e3cxusxgxV
— Javed Arshad (@drjarshad1) September 26, 2021
Weldone ! Pride for Us ! https://t.co/HTiyDSI5Pb
— M.Tariq Mehmood (@mian_mehmood54) September 26, 2021
She don't have eyes but much wiser than most of us. https://t.co/ZhJAQgPevQ
— Tahseen Khan✍🏻 (@BalochKhan3) September 26, 2021
In her speech, Saima presented hard-hitting statements opposing India’s occupation in Jammu and Kashmir. She said despite Jammu and Kashmir being an internationally recognized disputed territory, India’s presence in the region remains. She said it is not India’s internal matter and that India’s use of the false statements, repeating stale arguments are similar to all occupiers.
She said that final settlement needs to be decided under UN auspices in accordance with the democratic principle of a free and unbiased election. She then called upon the international community to take knowledge of the captivating evidence and hold India accountable for the henious crime it has committed in the region for decades.
You can watch the full speech below:
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