Foreign Secretary

Foreign Secretary
Amb. Sohail Mahmood



 Foreign Secretary of Pakistan since April 17, 2019.

Education

1981-1982 B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), History & Political Science Government College, Rawalpindi
1983-1984 M.A. (Master of Arts), History, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
1988-1990 Masters in International Affairs (M.I.A.), Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

Training Received

October 1985 Joined Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP)
1985-1986 Civil Services Academy, Lahore
1986-1987 Foreign Service Training Institute, Islamabad
2005 (Sep-Dec) National Institute of Public Administration, Lahore
2012-13 National Security and War Course (NSWC 2012-13), National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad

Positions held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

1987-1988 Desk Officer (South Asia Division)
1990-1991 Desk Officer (South Asia Division)
1995-1998 Director (Iran & Turkey)
2005-2008 Director General (Americas)
2009 (Jan-Oct) Director General (Foreign Secretary’s Office)
2013-15 Additional Secretary (Afghanistan/West Asia)

Assignments Abroad

1991-1994 Second Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Ankara
1998-2000 First Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington
2001-2002 Political Counselor, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington
2003-2005 Counselor, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to UN, New York (Political Coordinator for Pakistan’s delegation to UN Security Council – term 2003-2004)
2009-2013 Ambassador to Thailand and Permanent Representative to UNESCAP, Bangkok
2015-2017 Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, with concurrent accreditation to Macedonia and Kosovo
2017-2019 (April) High Commissioner of Pakistan to India

Marital Status

Married with three children