LONDON - As Dr Maleeha Lodhi nears the completion of her term as High Commissioner to the UK, members of the British and Pakistani community agree that she will be a hard act to follow. She will relinquish her job in early June. Wajid Shamsul Hassan will replace Maleeha Lodhi as High Commissioner to UK. Dr Maleeha Lodhi is in the midst of a flurry of farewell receptions and events that demonstrate her standing and popularity in the country where she served for almost five years. At various farewells organised by the community she has already been dubbed as the "People's envoy" whose "awami touch" took the High Commission's outreach to British Pakistanis to an unprecedented level. Dr Maleeha Lodhi leaves a mark in the UK for her forthright, professional, and high profile representation of Pakistan during challenging times. Pak-UK relations blossomed and broadened on her watch, with trade, foreign direct investment and development assistance all surging. But there was no let up in challenges - from 7/7 to suspensions from the Commonwealth. Maleeha Lodhi however proved her diplomatic mettle by her calm and robust representation of Pakistan's interests. As in the US, she became a familiar face on television, and she forged new links with members of the British Parliament as well as the media. She will be remembered for her innovative public diplomacy efforts, which took her to campuses across the country and to every Think-Tank. Her energetic pursuit of cultural diplomacy reached a peak with a historic parade through the streets of London last year on the 60th anniversary of Pakistan's independence, which culminated in a concert at Trafalgar Square, attended by thousands of people. MPs are joining British Pakistanis to pay tribute to Dr Lodhi. Menzies Campell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats has described her as an "outstanding representative", while Lord Clement Jones has said that she has been a "superb envoy for Pakistan at a time of considerable change".  MP Fiona McTaggart says she has done a "brilliant" job, and Lord Bhatia feels her work has been of great value to the Muslim community as indeed to the wider society. Accolades have also come from the academic community many of whom have appreciated the manner in which Dr Lodhi has weathered many political storms in her country with grace, dignity and commitment. For Pakistani students, whom she sought to involve in many events, her energy and enthusiasm served as an inspiration. Members and organisations of the Pakistani community have been prolific in their appreciation. One active member of the Pakistani Bankers Association said that in all the years he had lived in the UK he had not known a Pakistani envoy who had done so much for the community. Her activism ranged over political representation, raising Pakistan's profile, charity work, humanitarian pursuits and instilling pride and confidence in the community. From Leicester, Councillor Dr SM Rizvi had this to say: "Dr Lodhi has been a symbol of excellence and strength and the community across the UK will miss her greatly". Kashmiris who form the majority of the diaspora in Britain developed a special respect and affection for Dr Maleeha Lodhi for her passionate advocacy of the Kashmir cause as well as her tireless efforts to raise funds and awareness for victims of the 2005 earthquake. Pakistani doctors too are full of admiration for Dr Lodhi's performance. One of the pioneers of the medical profession from Pakistan, now settled in the UK, Dr Alam Ara Khan described her as "the envoy who surpassed others in excelling in the ability to represent the interests of Pakistani nationals in the UK. One community leader summed up the sentiments of many when he said: "Dr Lodhi reached out to every section of the community, and rather than conduct diplomacy behind closed doors, brought it into the public domain in an exemplary way".