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.