Sherry Rehman appointed ambassador to US
Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has appointed former
Pakistani information minister Sherry Rehman as new ambassador to the
United States of America, the PM's House said Wednesday.
Rehman, a member of National Assembly will replace former ambassador
Husain Haqqani who was asked by Prime Minister Gilani Tuesday to resign
from his post on the issue of controversial memo. Earlier, Sherry Rehman
called on Prime Minister Gilani at the Prime Minister's House on
Wednesday and discussed matters relating to her diplomatic assignments.
Rehman, currently heads the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. She has a
20-year journalistic experience including her services as editor of
Herald magazine and member of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors.
As a politician, she served in various capacities as Central
Information Secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party and is author of five
bills on women empowerment, anti-honour killings, domestic violence
prevention bill, affirmative action bill and Hadood Repeal bill.
Her personality profile:-
"Sherry Rehman is a ranking member of the National Security Committee
of Pakistan's Parliament and founding President of the Jinnah Institute
in Islamabad, an independent public policy institute committed to
regional peace and inclusive democracy in Pakistan.
She co-chairs several track-two strategic dialogues with India, and
is convener of a similar institutionalized dialogue process between
Pakistan and Afghanistan later this year.
She lectures widely on strategic security challenges facing Pakistan,
and is a key member of the Legislative Councils that govern both Azad
Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Rehman has served as Federal Minister for Information and
Broadcasting of Pakistan from March 2008 to March 2009. As minister she
prepared and presented Pakistan's first in-camera National Security
briefing to a joint session of Parliament in 2008. This briefing led to
the first formal political consensus - resolution against terrorism in
Parliament. Sherry Rehman's background as a senior professional
journalist for 20 years has given her wide media outreach as an
incumbent second-term law-maker with a frontline public position against
Her most recent awards include formal recognition as "Democracy's
Hero" by the International Republican Institute, US, and the Jeanne
Kirkpatric Award for Women in 2011.
The March 2011 issue of Newsweek Pakistan ranked her on its cover as
"Pakistan's Most Important Woman". Foreign Policy magazine has
identified Rehman as one of 2011's Top Global Thinkers."