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Tehmina Janjua on Monday assumed charge as the new foreign secretary of Pakistan, becoming the first woman in the history of the country to assume the position, Radio Pakistan reported.

Janjua replaces Aizaz Chaudhry, a career diplomat who has taken up charge as Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States.

The Foreign Office issues the following statement after the announcement of her appointment: “She (Ms Janjua) is a seasoned diplomat with a career spanning over 32 years. She has rich experience of working in bilateral and multilateral domains — both at the headquarters and missions abroad. She also served as a director at the foreign secretary’s office, director general strategic planning, and briefly as a spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs during 2011.”

Janjua, the first woman appointed to the Foreign Office's top post, was long considered a favourite for the position. Although Hina Rabbani Khar has served as the foreign minister (2011-13), no woman has ever held the post of foreign secretary in the country before Ms Janjua.

Having joined the Foreign Service in 1984, Janjua's experience has mainly been in multilateral diplomacy. Her only remarkable bilateral posting had been as ambassador to Rome from December 2011 to October 2015. Among her other overseas postings are stints at the UN in New York and Geneva.

Janjua has not served on a major territorial desk at the headquarters, except for a year-long posting at the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe desk at the start of her Foreign Service career.

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Ch. K. A. Nye Mar 20, 2017 01:17pm

Bravo. I certainly hope she doesn't have to report to that senile Advisor who is living in the past.

Haider Mar 20, 2017 01:22pm

She will work withput a foreign minister. What a shame.its a political appointment.

M.Saeed Mar 20, 2017 01:25pm

@Ch. K. A. Nye: She will be reporting directly to the PM who also holds the office of the Foreign Minister.

Naveed Mar 20, 2017 01:31pm

Good luck Tehmina. You will improve our image globally and respond quickly to avert threats to our goodwill! Long live Pakistan!

Get Real Mar 20, 2017 01:43pm

Lot easier for Nawaz to direct foreign affairs!

on FLIP SIDE Mar 20, 2017 01:48pm

Was this the best CV on PM's desk..... i hardly saw an career appointment in her long career.....

Imran Ahmed Mar 20, 2017 01:55pm

Best of luck to the new appointee. I will reserve judgment on her competence until we see whether she maintains her integrity under pressure but it is a positive thing to see women taking charge in key offices of State.

bkt Mar 20, 2017 02:15pm

Congratulations to the PM for this farsighted move and to the nation.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 20, 2017 02:18pm

Welcome to the club.

iftikhaR bhutta Mar 20, 2017 02:19pm

Good development to assign sensativr duty to women .

Ayub Mar 20, 2017 02:29pm

Hope, she would uphold merit in the office.

M. Emad Mar 20, 2017 02:39pm

Ms. Tehmina Janjua from Punjab.

Azmeen Mar 20, 2017 02:46pm

Women have been in key positions in Pak including PM. Nothing new.

sikander shallwani Mar 20, 2017 02:53pm

Congratulation to Tehmina Janjua. Very happy to see the woman on the top job. At the same time disappointed to see the outdated person Aizaz Chaudhry as an ambassador to the United States

The Morning star Mar 20, 2017 02:58pm

Who can forget the brillant Hina Rabbani Khar as FM; it will be a good team with a career diplomat like Ms Janjua.

Waaris Mar 20, 2017 03:06pm

Guys, does Pakistan has a functioning Foriegn Minister??? How on earth a country can influence the world without an an FM?

Umer Salahuddin Mar 20, 2017 03:47pm

@sikander shallwani to give negative remarks to every outgoing person should be stopped. Such remarks about outgoing foreign secretary shows your narrow mindness

Pakistani Mar 20, 2017 03:53pm


KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Mar 20, 2017 03:55pm

Great simply great, She will prove to be a fantastic diplomat with core values.

Mohammad Ali bajwa Mar 20, 2017 04:21pm

we should replace all top government post with smart women.

Mudassar Mar 20, 2017 04:35pm

lets hope she doesn't turn out to be disaster like Hina Rabbani Khar. Its time that we stop appointing crucial positions from a political perspective. Also, this whole idea of women empowerment isn't going to cut ice in international relations

Kam Mar 20, 2017 04:42pm

@Mudassar Jangua is govt employee not foreign minister which is a political role.

Zawar Hasan Mar 20, 2017 04:43pm

It is without head, a body, no foreign minister, but foreign secy who is also work without FM, presently Pakistan is needing very badly FM, presently secy came surprise to every body in the light of many senior diplomatic.

dawood yousfzai Mar 20, 2017 04:52pm

what Tehmina Janjua CV, how see got this post, in view of many senior diplomatic, she is junior, will Govt let us know her qualification, education and how many yrs services.

Shakeel Ahmed Mar 20, 2017 05:14pm

Hina Khar takes the cake as being the first woman of the FO.

Black Indian Mar 20, 2017 05:20pm

Best wishes to Ms. Tehmina Janjua on her appointment.

Hope that you would soon visit India.


deedee Mar 20, 2017 05:47pm

good decision by govt. very proud.

Mudassar Mar 20, 2017 06:14pm

@Kam regardless, what I see is that government is appointing women on FO positions to project a soft image of the state, but this is unlikely to impress our global peers.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 06:50pm

@Haider why not elevate her.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 06:54pm

Wish her the best of luck.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 06:59pm

@on FLIP SIDE so what? If she can deliver ,CVs hardly matters

khaled Mar 20, 2017 07:00pm

@bkt . First time PM has taken such a wise step.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 07:01pm

@M. Emad .So does it mater.

Dil Mar 20, 2017 06:59pm

@M. Emad what does that mean?? she is represesting Pakistan . Provinces are irrlevent here .

khaled Mar 20, 2017 07:07pm

@Mudassar It will, don't need to be so pessimist.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 07:17pm

@dawood yousfzai Seniority is no guarantee that he/she will be successful as secretary.

khaled Mar 20, 2017 07:20pm

In the long run its intelligence which counts not experience. Experience everyone has, intelligence very few.

lost cause Mar 20, 2017 07:43pm

Congratulations and good luck.

Vijay Mar 20, 2017 08:12pm

I want to see all woman like her who represent a country where women seem to be worked kichen and supposed to be birth machine....well done pak...change mind set up....

Niran Mar 20, 2017 08:29pm


Candid talk Mar 20, 2017 10:52pm

@sikander shallwani : I support you fully.

Fazl Rab Mar 20, 2017 11:32pm

Why is supersession considered such a bad thing in all civil services. In the armed forces, it is the norm after the rank of Major. Those who want to leave the Foreign Service should be allowed to go without regrets. However, knowing some of them, I tell you none will go voluntarily. Let us see if their threat works. Look at Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatmi; both unable to contribute anything but unwilling to retire respectably. Welcome to Tahmina Janjua as a start.

AYZA Mar 21, 2017 06:53am

Congratulations to Tehmina Janjua on her new appointment as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan and bravo to NS league for turning around the ship and making it female friendly!

We wish both Tehmina Janjua and Ambassador to USA, Aizaz Chaudhry much success in their newly appointed posts. We hope both shall make Pakistan proud and shine its beacon of light all around the world.

Khaled Mar 21, 2017 09:14am

@Fazl Rab very true,