Pakistan’s representative to UN heckled in New York

Maleeha Lodhi (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Maleeha Lodhi (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PAKISTAN’s permanent representative to the United Nations was heckled by a man who accused her of corruption.

Maleeha Lodhi was addressing media persons when a man heckled her and said, “You are a thief and don’t deserve to represent Pakistan”.

“What are you doing from the last 15 to 20 years? You are not representing us,” he said.

When Lodhi asked him to stop, the man of Pakistani-origin said what he was doing was not against the law.

However, the diplomat refused to answer his questions.

As she was leaving, the man said: “You guys are stealing our money, You guys are thieves and you don’t deserve to represent Pakistan.”

Although the man tried to follow her, people present at the venue attempted to calm him down.

He yelled: “Shame on you. You have been eating money all these years.”

Lodhi has also served as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.

Last week, Lodhi reaffirmed to the UN Security Council Pakistan’s intention to tackle the case of India stripping Kashmir of its special status, and said the government was prepared to use any diplomatic and political option to secure justice for the oppressed Kashmiri people.

“We are ready for bilateral, multilateral any format (of mediation) so long as we can get justice for the people of occupied Kashmir,” she said in an interview with Sky News.

“Step by step diplomacy is being put in place to address the long-standing issue of Kashmir,” she added.