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Dr. Maleeha Lodhi

Maleeha Lodhi (born 15 November 1952) is a Pakistani diplomat, military strategist[citation needed] and political scientist and a former Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations.

She was the first woman to hold the position. Previously, she served as Pakistan’s envoy to the Court of St James’s and twice as its ambassador to the United States.

Born in Lahore to an upper-middle-class family, Lodhi studied political science at the London School of Economics and after receiving her doctorate from the school in 1980, she remained there as a member of faculty teaching political sociology.

She returned to Pakistan in 1986 to become the editor of The Muslim, making her the first woman to edit a national newspaper in Asia. In 1990, she moved to become the founding editor of The News International.In 1994, she was appointed by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as Pakistan’s envoy to the United States, a position she retained until 1997.

She was once again appointed to the same position in 1999 by President Musharraf until 2002 when she completed her tenure and moved on to be High Commissioner to the UK.

In 2001, Lodhi became a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament, she served on the board until 2005. In 2003, President Musharraf appointed her as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at the Court of St James’s, where she remained until 2008.

Between 2008 and 2010, she served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics and the Kennedy School of Harvard University. In February 2015, Lodhi was appointed by Prime Minister Sharif to serve as Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Pakistan to the UN in New York City, making her the first woman to hold the position.

Pakistan calls for concrete steps to alleviate Kashmiris’ suffering

NEW YORK: Pakistan has urged the international community to take concrete and meaningful action to alleviate the suffering of Kashmiri people under the Indian occupation.  “As a party to the Kashmir dispute, this is the UN’s long-standing obligation,” Maleeha Lodhi, permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, told the UN General Assembly. Speaking in the debate on the Report of the Secretary General on the work of the Organization, she said the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains one of the oldest items on the…

Pakistan renews commitment to Afghan peace process

NEW YORK: Pakistan has stressed the need for serious peace efforts in Afghanistan, reiterating its commitment to actively encourage, support and facilitate all efforts to launch a credible peace process in the war-torn country. While participating  in a debate on Afghanistan at UN Security Council, Pakistan' permanent representative Dr Maleeha Lodhi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has long advocated a political settlement to bring the long war there to a negotiated end. She said that Afghanistan is the first…

US Jerusalem move to promote anarchy in region, warns Maleeha Lodhi

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation Dr Maleeha Lodhi on Wednesday said the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would further fuel chaos in the Middle East. Speaking at the United Nations (UN) Security Council in a debate on Challenges to International Peace and Security, Lodhi highlighted the human rights violation of Palestinians and Kashmiris. She said the issues of occupied Palestine and Kashmir should be resolved in accordance with the UN Charter, adding, the people of…

Pakistan calls for negotiated end to Afghan war

UNITED NATIONS: Peace in war-torn Afghanistan can only be achieved through negotiations and reconciliation, not by the continuing resort to military force, as the two approaches are "incompatible", a top Pakistani diplomat has told the U.N. General Assembly. "The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually incompatible," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, said while speaking in a debate on the situation Afghanistan.…

UNGA committee unanimously adopts resolution on right to self-determination

WASHINGTON: A committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution, reaffirming the universal realization of the right of people to self-determination. The resolution, co-sponsored by seventy-five countries, was adopted in the Third Committee session, which says the right of self- determination is a fundamental condition to guarantee the human rights. Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said the adoption of the resolution reaffirms the inviolability…

Peace in Palestine pre-condition for global peace and security: Maleeha

NEW YORK: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi has welcomed political reconciliation between Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. Speaking in a debate on the situation in the Middle East, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said this positive development was not enough to tip scales of justice in favour of their long-suffering under Israeli occupation. “The international community must renew its resolve to sustain positive momentum and, as a first step,…

Maleeha assails India for ‘mass blinding in occupied Kashmir’

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s top diplomat Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday denounced the aggressive use of pellet guns on peaceful protesters by Indian forces in India held Kashmir as first mass blinding in human history. Speaking at the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee, she said India is waging war crimes against young innocent Kashmiris, leaving them sightless and maimed for life. “This has been aptly described as the first mass blinding in human history, which has laid bare the persistent…

Pakistan facing cross-border terrorism, says Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has said Pakistan is facing cross-border terrorism. Addressing an event here, she said the country would trounce elements carrying out acts of terrorism and subversive activities from across the border. She urged the United Nations to focus its attention on issues arising out of denying people the right to self determination. The movements for right to self-determination should not be allowed to be trampled, she urged. Ms Lodhi said…