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Pakistani becomes Saarc secretary general

March 02, 2017

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KATHMANDU: Amjad Hussain B. Sial, a senior Pakistani diplomat, assumed the office of secretary general of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) here on Wednesday.

He has replaced Nepal’s Arjun Bahadur Thapa whose three-year term as Saarc secretary general expired on Tuesday.

Mr Sial is 13th secretary general of the regional bloc which was established in 1985.

This is the second time that a Pakistani diplomat has been appointed to the post.

Earlier in the mid-90s Naeem U. Hasan from Pakistan served as the sixth secretary general of Saarc.

Mr Sial is a seasoned diplomat with a career spanning over 33 years. He has worked as ambassador to Tajikistan and Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

Saarc comprises Afgha­nistan, Bangladesh, Bhu­tan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2017