Woman Diplomat Becomes Pakistan’s First Lind Civil Servant to Address UNGA [Video]

Saima Saleem, counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, has become the first blind Pakistani civil servant to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A video shared by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN shows Saleem reading her speech in written in Braille during a UNGA session on Saturday. Saleem was responding to an Indian delegate, reiterating Pakistan’s position in support of the UN-warranted right to self-determination of Kashmiri people.

Her performance drew praises from Pakistan’s top politicians.

“Not only I but the nation is very proud of her,” President Dr. Arif Alvi said in a tweet.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Munir Akram, congratulated Saleem “for successfully putting forward Pakistan’s position.”

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