Maleeha Lodhi made Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN

Published: December 15, 2014
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Maleeha Lodhi will assume her responsibilities in February 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Maleeha Lodhi will assume her responsibilities in February 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to appoint Dr Maleeha Lodhi as its permanent representative to the United Nations, said a foreign office statement on Monday.

The job is based in New York and she will assume her responsibilities in February 2015.

Lodhi has previously twice served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States (1993-1996 and 1999-2002) and as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2003-2008). She has also served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001-2005).

She has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, been a fellow at the Institute of Politics, Harvard University, and an international scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.

Lodhi is also a member of the National Defence University’s Senate, and a member of the advisory council of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Affairs.

A recipient of the Presidential award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for public service, Lodhi has also been an editor of leading English newspapers in the country.

 

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  • Rational
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:36PM

    Excellent choice. Very intelligent lady.Congrats Dr. Lodhi.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 7:23PM

    Thank you PTI otherwise Mariam Nawaz or one of her maids might have been our ambassador.

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  • Ranjha
    Dec 15, 2014 - 7:42PM

    Great appointment–truly spectacular diplomat who has represented Pakistan with great aplomb! All the best Dr. Lodhi.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Congratulations Dr. Lodhi – we are sure you will represent your nation with dignity and courage.

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  • Wizarat
    Dec 15, 2014 - 7:49PM

    With people like Dr. Lodhi one cannot go wrong. I hope it is an omen of things to come for Pakistan.
    We also do have others of this caliber and they should be appointed in various semi government agencies in Pakistan too.

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  • nadeem
    Dec 15, 2014 - 7:49PM

    Another indication that the military has taken back the few inches of foreign policy space on which Nawaz Sharif had encroached when he thought he was running the show.Recommend

  • Zahir
    Dec 15, 2014 - 7:56PM

    [email protected]: she’s been purely selected by the government. I believe, the post was not filled through advertisement followed by interviews etc. It was one man (or one entity’s) choice. Please ask your lord (IK) to challenge this as well.

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  • Ranjha
    Dec 15, 2014 - 8:03PM

    @Zahir:

    I agree with you–Maryam would have a been a better choice!

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  • Real Truth
    Dec 15, 2014 - 8:49PM

    As usual, whiner and cry babies eager to spit their venom against this govt, and continue to sing praises to their Lord Imranullah Niazi for any and everything good that happens in Pakistan, or for that matter in the world — ranging from world oil prices to finding a cure for ebola virus :-) Imranullah Niazi is still going to be a perpetual loser!

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 8:56PM

    congrats

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 9:43PM

    @Zahir:
    Conflict of interest is the reason why governments (legit governments that is) keep the family and the business away from their rule. Absence of such practice provides moral grounds to opponents to mock your rule in all grounds.

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  • raider
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:15PM

    @Zahir:
    yes it should be challenged if it opposes merit nevertheless candidate is so talented

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 2:05AM

    This is very wrong. Very unfair. After being dislodged unceremoniously
    by the Lahore High Court as chief executive of Youth Loan Scheme,…
    This position rightfully belonged to Maryam Sharif. Nawaz’s daughter.
    Right now she is very very upset at her father. After all, she deserved this,
    her father promised her this position at UN.

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  • lkhan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:03AM

    Brilliant choice, brilliant lady. Congrats, and wish Dr. Lodhi much success in all endeavours she pursues.

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