Do you know who the permanent Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Syed Akbaruddin is? He is the one who dignifiedly mocked Pakistan yesterday after the UN Security Council met on the Jammu and Kashmir issue? He is none other than the native of our Hyderabad.
According to the details, Akbar made India proud by shaking hands with Pak reporters before answering their query at a media meet held inside the UNO building after the closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on the Abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir issue. Reacting to a query from a Pak reporter on ‘When would you start deliberations with Pakistan’ (on abrogation of article 370), Akbaruddin after shaking hands with him and 2 other Pakistani reporters present there said: “I have already extended my hands of friendship and now the ball is in a Pakistani court. Let’s wait for its reaction”.
Syed Akbaruddin was born on April 26, 1960, in Hyderabad to a set of academically and professionally robust parents. Akbaruddin’s father, S Bashiruddin was the Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Osmania University and even served as Indian Ambassador to Qatar, while his mother Dr Zeba Bashiruddin, was a member of the English department at Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi.
Akbaruddin boasts of a strong academic standing. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations. He joined the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) in 1985 and has since represented India on multiple occasions.
Akbaruddin was the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs from January 2012 to April 2015, the post eventually taken up by the current spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. He became India’s permanent representative at the UN in January 2016.
His involvement was pivotal to the UN declaring Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar an international terrorist. Akbaruddin is proficient in Arabic and had even served as the Counsellor at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.