Tehmina Janjua assumes charge as foreign secretary of Pakistan

Islamabad: Tehmina Janjua on Monday has assumed charge as Pakistan’s first ever woman Foreign Secretary.

Janjua replaced Aizaz Chaudhry who has been appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to United States (US).

Earlier, she was serving as Islamabad’s representative to United Nation (UN) in Geneva. She joined foreign service in 1984 and has vast experience of foreign service. Janjua has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Italy.

The first woman foreign secretary is also the 29th official who shall serve at the top post in the Foreign Office of the state.

Prime Minister had approved the appointment of Ms Janjua to the top post in foreign office in February.

Beside her, other contenders for the post were Abdul Basit, Islamabad’s ambassador to New Delhi, Masroor Junejo the country’s ambassador to Copenhagen, Chief of Protocol and Ambassador to France Ghalib Iqbal and Syed Ibne Abbas, Islamabad’s ambassador to United Kingdom.