NEW YORK: Speakers at a largely attended meeting Tuesday night paid tributes to the outgoing Pakistani Ambassador, Masood Khan, for his effective leadership of the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations and for forcefully presenting at the world body Pakistan’s position on key international issues, especially on the Kashmir dispute.
Organized by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Overseas Council, USA, the meeting to bid farewell to Ambassador Masood Khan was attended by representatives of all Pakistani political parties which have offices in the United States.
Sardar Sawar Khan, a former member of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council, presided.
Pakistan Counsel General in New York, Raja Ali Ejaz was among those who participated in the meting in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.
Masood Khan is leaving for Pakistan after completing his two-year tenure as permanent representative to the UN.
He will be replaced by Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi who will come to New York later this month.
More than 20 speakers representing PML-N, PPP, PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami and different Kashmiri political parties praised the services of Masood Khan to Pakistan’s cause, saying they felt proud of his strong advocacy of Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination.
On his part, Masood Khan called on the Pakistani community to sink their differences and unite to advance the interests of Pakistan.
“You must stand together, as you are a bridge between Pakistan and the U.S.”
Pakistan, he said, enjoys high respect at the United Nations for its contributions in various spheres.
Masood Khan thanked the government for giving him the honour to represent Pakistan at the U.N. and pledged to continue his efforts to advance the cause of Pakistan and Kashmir.