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Vidisha Maitra Biography

Vidisha Maitra is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and the first secretary in the foreign ministry. Maitra is from the batch of 2009 IFS officers, had cleared civil services exam in 2008 and stood at the 39th rank. In 2009, she cleared her training routine for which she won the ‘best training officer’ gold medal.

Vidisha Maitra Speech at UN

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation “qualifies as brinkmanship not statesmanship”, India said today, in a sharp rebuttal to Mr Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, the Pakistan PM had said that when two nuclear armed countries fight it will have “consequences” for the entire world, making multiple references to Jammu and Kashmir. “Prime Minister Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinkmanship, not statesmanship,” Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary of the Foreign Ministry said at the United Nations, exercising India’s right to reply.

India said Mr. Khan’s speech was a “callous portrayal of the world in binary terms”. “Us vs them, rich vs poor; north vs south, developed vs developing, Muslims vs others. A script that fosters divisiveness at the United Nations. Attempts to sharpen differences and stir up hatred are simply put – ‘hate speech’,” the top Indian diplomat said.

In his first address at the UN General Assembly, Imran Khan had said: “If a conventional war starts, anything could happen. But supposing, a country seven times smaller than its neighbor is faced with the choice – either you surrender or you fight for your freedom till death. What will we do? I asked myself this question. And my belief is there is no God but one. And we will fight. And when a nuclear-armed country fights to the end, it will have consequences far beyond the borders.”

Hitting out at the Pakistan Prime Minister over his choice of words, Ms. Maitra said: “Rarely has the General Assembly witnessed such misuse, rather abuse, of an opportunity to reflect. Words matter in diplomacy. Invocation of phrases such as ‘pogrom’, ‘bloodbath’, ‘racial superiority’, ‘pick up the gun’ and ‘fight to the end’ reflect a medieval mindset and not a 21st-century vision.”

Mr. Khan also made a bizarre claim during his address that “there are no militant organizations in Pakistan.” In a sharp rebuttal, Ms. Maitra said: “Now that Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited UN Observers to Pakistan to verify that there are no militant organizations in Pakistan, the world will hold him to that promise.”

She then raised a few questions for Mr. Khan. “Can Pakistan confirm the fact that it is home to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN, as of today? Will Pakistan acknowledges that it is the only government in the world that provides pension to an individual listed by the UN in the Al Qaeda and Da’esh Sanctions list?” she asked.

Referring to terrorist Osama Bin Laden, she asked:”And would Prime Minister Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?”

 

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