Motivational Story – When Natwar Singh broke Protocol while meeting with Pakistani President Zia-ul Haq

In 1981, as the under secretary in Pakistan, I was the liason officer of the Sikh jathas who were to meet President Zia-ul Haq. But I was refused entry to the meeting because I was a woman. Ignoring protocol, Natwar Singh, who was the high commissioner then, took me to the meeting with the surprised President. Within 10 minutes I was told that the Begum Sahiba was waiting for me in the garden for tea. There was nothing I could do but leave the meeting and join the Begum. (As told by Lakshmi Puri, IFS)

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