Welcomed speculation

In addition to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and UN Ambassador Munir Akram, several reports suggest another possible Pakistani nominee who would bring an important and encouraged factor to the race.

Pakistan is trying to persuade Nafis Sadik…to be its candidate to rival India’s unexpected formal nomination of Tharoor. Sadik is the special adviser to the UN secretary-general as well as the secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. She is also a member of the secretary-general’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

Much more discussion has still to take place in Islamabad obviously, but if Sadik is nominated, she would be the first female Asian candidate in the race. She had been identified early on by Equality Now as one of several qualified female leaders that merit consideration.

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