In the latest turn of events, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has replaced Maleeha Lodhi as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York with Munir Akram on September 30. Lodhi faced the axe just two days after Imran Khan returned to Pakistan ending his US visit, where he addressed the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
If reports are to be believed, Imran Khan is disappointed with the outcome of his visit as he failed to internationalise the Kashmir problem on the global stage.
It should be noted that Maleeha Lodhi has held the office of Pakistan’s envoy to the UN since February 2015. Munir Akram has worked as Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN for 6 years between 2002 and 2008.
Previously, Maleeha Lodhi made a huge blunder when she called British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘Foreign Minister’ on Twitter. She removed the tweet after around an hour and then put out another picture ‘Sorry typo in the previous tweet. Prime Minister Imran Khan Met British PM this morning’.
In August, she was left red-faced after she was abused by a person during an event, who told her that she “does not really deserve” to represent the country, He asked, “What are you doing for Pakistan? You are a thief and don’t deserve to represent our country.
While the diplomat was addressing the reporters, the man, who seemed enraged, was heard asking whether she had a minute to reply to his questions and then without waiting for a reply asked: “What are you doing from the last 15 to 20 years. You are not representing us.”
Maleeha Lodhi had actually asked him to stop, to which the man responded that he will not as it is not really against the law and, above all, he is a Pakistani. The diplomat had composed herself and scolded him for the way in which he put forth the questions.
She went on to add saying that she would not respond to his questions. As Lodhi started to leave, the questioner heckled her by saying: “You guys are stealing our money, You guys are thieves and you don’t deserve to represent Pakistan.”