A political war of words erupted on Thursday over the sudden removal of Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, with Congress asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the "summary" decision while BJP defended it as the right of the government.
Defending the move to replace Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, BJP on Thursday ruled out any political motive and said the government had acted well within its right to decide on appointment of officers.
In a significant development, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday night appointed Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, currently India's Ambassador to the United States, the next Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh with immediate effect.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday held a high-level meeting at Ministry of Home Affairs to discuss the security situation in the wake of Bangalore blast and Pakistan government's order to suspend detention of 26/11 plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Just days after India cancelled a Foreign Secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, Islamabad`s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on Wednesday stressed that his country was in favour of peace in the region.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cleared the appointment of career diplomat Aizaz Chaudhry, one of the key officials who handled the fallout of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as Pakistan`s new Foreign Secretary.
Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh will travel to the US next month for consultations on key bilateral and regional issues including Afghanistan amidst India`s support for Afghan proposal of 15,000 foreign troops staying after 2014.
Speculations over who will be the country’s next Foreign Secretary finally comes to an end with Prime Minister Office’s giving its nod for the appointment of India`s Ambassador to Germany, Sujata Singh for the top job.