Munir Akram, an expert at multilateral diplomacy, Friday took over as Pakistan's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
Ambassador Akram flew in from Islamabad earlier in the day. He replaces Maleeha Lodhi, who upon the completion of her tenure on Thursday left New York for home.
A well known figure in diplomatic circles, Akram has served as Pakistan's ambassador to the U.N. previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008, after serving as the envoy to the world body's European offices in Geneva for seven years.
During his long term at the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Akram occupied almost every important position. He was twice the President of the Security Council in May 2003 and again in May 2004...