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Maleeha Lodhi, PhD Biography

Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN)
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"

“[W]hen counterterrorism efforts neglect the rule of law at the national and international levels and violate international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, and fundamental freedoms, they not only betray the values they seek to uphold, but they can also fuel violent extremism…

Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized this aspect in the context of the use of drone strikes that violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of States, seriously undermining the fundamental rights of innocent victims and further fuelling terrorism and violent extremism. We strongly condemn these unlawful measures and demand their immediate cessation. The continuation of these drone strikes reflects a blatant disregard for our unequivocal and existing commitments on the use of remotely piloted aircraft, as set forth in the resolution on the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.”

Speech to the 110th plenary meeting of the UN’s General Assembly Seventieth Session (A/70/PV.110),, July 1, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN), Feb. 2015-present
  • Former Special Adviser for International Affairs, Jang/Geo Group
  • Member, Senate of Pakistan’s National Defence University
  • Member, Advisory Council, International Institute of Strategic Affairs
  • Member, Advisory Board, Middle East Center, London School of Economics
  • Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum
  • Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 2010
  • Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2008
  • Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, 2003-2008
  • Member, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs, 2001-2005
  • Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, 1999-2002
  • Founding Editor, The News International, 1997-1999
  • Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, 1993-1996
  • Founding Editor, The News, 1990-1993
  • Editor, The Muslim, 1987-1990
  • Instructor, London School of Economics, 1980-1985
  • Former Instructor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  • PhD, Politics, London School of Economics, 1985
  • BSc, Government, London School of Economics
  • Twitter handle: @LodhiMaleeha
  • Recipient of the presidential award Hilal-e-Imtiaz for public service in Pakistan
  • Was the first woman in Asia to edit a daily newspaper
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