Islamabad: Veteran journalist-turned- diplomat Maleeha Lodhi, who is considered close to Pakistani military establishment, was on Monday appointed the country's envoy to the United Nations.
Lodhi will assume her responsibilities as Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN in February next year, according to Foreign Office.
Lodhi replaces incumbent Ambassador Masood Khan.
Lodhi has earlier served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the US in 1993-96 and 1999-2002, and as the country's High Commissioner to the UK between 2003 and 2008.
A recipient of presidential award Hilal-e-Imtiaz for her public?service, Lodhi has also served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001-2005).
She is considered close to Pakistan's military and her appointment shows a continuation of dominance of the defence establishment in the country's foreign policy.
Lodhi has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and been a fellow at the Institute of Politics in Harvard University, and an international scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC.
She is a member of the National Defence University's Senate and a member of the advisory council of the London- based International Institute of Strategic Affairs.