Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Tehmina Janjua, will be the country’s first woman foreign secretary, it was announced on Monday.
The new foreign secretary in-charge, Janjua, who would be replacing incumbent foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, was signed in by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to a statement released through the Foreign Office.
While Janjua will be the first woman appointed to the Foreign Office’s top post, Ahmad will be placed as Pakistan’s new ambassador to the US. Janjua is been in Foreign Service since 1984.
“Tehmina Janjua will assume the post of Foreign Secretary in the first week of March 2017,” the statement reads.
Before Janjua’s name was suggested, Abdul Basit, the Pakistan high commissioner to India, was also being considered for the post. But soon, Janjua emerged the front-runner for the coveted post.
Janjua has a masters degrees from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and Columbia University, New York. She has been serving as the ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, since October 2015.
According to the foreign office, there’s no one else as experienced as Janjua. She is brilliant in the sectors of bilateral and multilateral domains and has worked both at the headquarters and missions abroad. With over 32 years in service, she became the seasoned diplomat the country needs right now.
To add in the achievemnent list, Janjua also worked as spokesperson of the ministry of foreign Affairs during 2011 and as Pakistan envoy to Italy from December 2011 to October 2015.
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