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Breaking gender barriers, Geetika Srivastava is set to make history as India’s first woman diplomat to head an Indian mission in Pakistan. Currently serving as a joint secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Srivastava will take the reins as India’s new charge d’affaires in Islamabad.

Srivastava’s appointment follows the tenure of Suresh Kumar and showcases a significant step forward in diplomacy. A 2005 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, she has an illustrious career, having served in diverse roles including a posting at the Indian Embassy in Beijing from 2007 to 2009. Her recent position at the MEA’s Indo-Pacific division highlights her expertise in international relations.

Remarkably, this marks the first instance of a female diplomat representing India in Islamabad, historically a “non-family” posting due to its challenging nature. The move underscores a progressive shift, breaking the tradition of male diplomats exclusively occupying such roles. Geetika Srivastava’s elevation is a testament to the country’s commitment to gender equality and its recognition of women’s capabilities in diplomacy.

Her appointment coincides with Pakistan’s installation of Saad Ahmad Warraich as its new charge d’affaires in New Delhi, further illustrating the evolving diplomatic landscape between the two nations. As the bilateral relationship undergoes shifts, the significance of women diplomats in fostering communication and understanding becomes even more pronounced.

In a region where political dynamics are often complex, Geetika Srivastava’s appointment serves as an inspiration, breaking down barriers and opening doors for women in diplomacy.

Re-reported from the article originally published in News18

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