Maliha Lodhi

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Her Excellency
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Lodhi (center) with fellow statesman Abdul Sattar in 2001
17th Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
In office
17 December 1999 – 4 August 2002
President Pervez Musharraf
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
Preceded by Riaz Khokhar
Succeeded by Ashraf Qazi
In office
21 January 1994 – 30 January 1997
President Farooq Leghari
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Benazir Bhutto
Preceded by Syeda Abida Hussain
Succeeded by Riaz Khokhar
Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
In office
1 April 2003 – 14 June 2008
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Shaukat Aziz
Preceded by Abdul Kader Jaffer
Succeeded by Wajid Shamsul Hasan
Personal details
Born Maliha Lodhi
Citizenship  Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Quaid-i-Azam University
London School of Economics
Karachi Grammar School
Occupation Diplomat, military strategist, academician

Maleeha Lodhi, (Urdu: مليحه لودهى;HI, PhD), is a Pakistani political scientist, diplomat, academician, and military strategist.

Over her career in Foreign Service, she has held the most-important diplomatic missions for Pakistan, serving as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom and prior to that, twice as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.[1] In the Fall of 2008, she was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has also been a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament. In 2009 she was an international scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC. From 2010 she has been special adviser for international affairs to Pakistan's largest media group, Jang/Geo.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Lodhi first received her school education in Lahore and Rawalpindi. She went on to receive her BSc. in Economics and/or Government in 1976 and a PhD in Political science in 1981, both from the London School of Economics. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Bhutto, the People's Pakistan Party and political development in Pakistan,1967–1977". She then taught for a short while at the Quaid-i-Azam University, in Islamabad and at the London School of Economics for five years (1980–1985), before returning to Pakistan to work for and then edit the English language newspaper The Muslim (1987–1990). She later became the founding editor of The News International (1990–1993 and 1997–1999) and also became the first woman in Asia to edit a national daily newspaper.

Political career[edit]

Dr. Lodhi became the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States under two different administrations: from 1993–1996 and then during 1999–2002 (in the process becoming Pakistan's longest ever serving Ambassador to the US), before relinquishing her post on the completion of her second tour of duty. Since 2001, she has also served on the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001–2005) and continued to do so while holding the post of Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2003–2008).

A recipient of the 2002 Hilal-i-Imtiaz Presidential Award for Public service, she is the author of two essay collections: Pakistan’s Encounter with Democracy and The External Challenge (Vanguard and Lahore Jang Publications, 1994). Her latest book, Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State, was published in April 2011 (by C Hurst, Colombia University Press and Oxford University Press). In 1994, Time magazine cited Dr. Lodhi as one of 100 global pacesetters and leaders, who would define the 21st century and was the only person from Pakistan on that list.


Lodhi was born to an upper-middle-class family. Her father was the chief executive of an oil company and was the first head of a British company in Pakistan post Partition. Her mother received a BA in journalism and was offered a scholarship to study in the United States after graduating, but gave up a career in journalism to become a homemaker and look after her children. Lodhi has two siblings. Ms. Lodhi was married to a banker in London, but they divorced after five years of marriage. Together, they have a son named Faisal, who is now married.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Block, Melissa (29 May 2009). "Pakistani Ex-Ambassador on Unrest". National Public Radio. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Syeda Abida Hussain
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
January 1994 – January 1997
Succeeded by
Riaz Khokhar
Preceded by
Tariq Fatemi
2nd term
December 1999 – August 2002
Succeeded by
Ashraf Qazi
Preceded by
Abdul Kader Jaffer
Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
April 2003 – June 2008
Succeeded by
Wajid Shamsul Hasan