The present government needs to review its performance. It doesn’t have to do it publicly but it has to see where course correction is needed.
This was said by Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi while answering a question put to her by Dr Huma Baqai at a Zoom meeting organised by Lightstone Publishers Ltd on Friday evening.
Dr Baqai started off the conversation by talking about the research that she had recently done on Dr Lodhi, part of which was about the fact that she was one of the 100 women going to influence the 21st century.
Dr Lodhi said it was a reference to a Time magazine article in the 1990s and “you should not believe everything you read”. This brought the host to Dr Lodhi’s days as editor of The News when she refused to take a half-page advert and ran a report instead. Dr Lodhi replied she used to push back very hard as editor. “There’s always tension in every newspaper between the commercial and the editorial sides.” At that time Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, who she hoped would be released soon, said to her “You keep challenging me”, and she responded: “I don’t have a choice, you’ve made me the editor and I have to do my job.”