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    Pakistan's United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram speaks during a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at the United Nations headquarters in New York

    Pakistan’s New Envoy to UN was Accused of Beating Up Live-in Girlfriend in New York in 2002

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan has appointed Munir Akram as its permanent ambassador to the UN to replace Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, who held the office since February 2015.

    Dr. Lodhi’s removal came as Prime Minister Imran Khan was at the Un to protest India's decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special constitutional status early August.  No reason was given for Dr. Lodhi’s abrupt transfer and he has not been given any assignment back home.

    Lodhi's replacement  Munir Akram is known for a controversy in 2002 when, while serving as Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, he was accused of domestic violence by his then girlfriend in the US, Marijana Mihic, in December 2002. According to the New York Times, the case was settled out of the court and he was not charged with the crime despite calls from the US State Department for Islamabad to withdraw Akram's diplomatic immunity.

    Social media regulars have started denouncing Akram's appointment, saying a “girlfriend beater” has been made the UN envoy.

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