Maliha Lodhi

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Permanent delegate of Pakistan to United States January 2015 incumbent Source daily the news

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

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, (Urdu: مليحه لودهى;HI, PhD), is a Pakistani political scientist, diplomat, columnist, and military strategist who served as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom and prior to that, twice as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States. [1] She currently serves as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, the first women to hold the position.[2]

She was the resident fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University. She served as a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament from 2001 to 2005. In 1994, Lodhi was selected by Time magazine as one of a hundred people in the world who will help to shape the 21st century. [3]

In 2009 she was named an international scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Lodhi taught Politics and Political Sociology at the London School of Economics from 1980 to 1985 and was the editor of The News International. [4] 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 for Strategic Studies.[5]

Early life and family[edit]

Lodhi was born in Lahore, Punjab, to an upper-middle-class family.[6] Her father was the chief executive of the British-based oil company and was the first head of a British company in Pakistan.[6] Her mother received a MA 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.[6] Lodhi has two siblings.[6] Lodhi was married to a banker in London, but they divorced after five years of marriage.[6] Together, they have a son named Faisal, who is now married.[6]

Lodhi first received her school education in Lahore and Rawalpindi, but moved to United Kingdom. She attended the London School of Economics in 1972 to study economics.[7] She received her BSc in Economics, with specializing in government finances in 1976, worked towards attaining PhD in political science, which she was awarded in 1980.[7] 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 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.[8]

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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Block, Melissa (29 May 2009). "Pakistani Ex-Ambassador on Unrest". National Public Radio. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Maleeha Lodhi made Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN
  3. ^ Pakistan appoints journalist Maleeha Lodhi as UN envoy
  4. ^ Dr. Maleeha Lodhi
  5. ^ Pakistan's new ambassador talks to Alice Thomson about Iraq, feminism and discos
  6. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Alice (27 September 2003). "Moderate voice of Islam". Pakistan's new ambassador talks to Alice Thomson about Iraq, feminism and discos (Telegraph, 2003). Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Herald. "Brief review on Maliha Lodhi". Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "2008 Fall Resident Fellow". Retrieved 27 January 2015. 

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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