Friday, September 22, 2023

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch takes charge as Pakistan’s new Foreign Office spokesperson

Pakistan’s former ambassador to Korea, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, has been appointed as the new spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Office.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), she had recently served as an additional foreign secretary for Asia and Pacific.

Baloch has over 20 years of experience in foreign affairs and has previously served as the ambassador to South Korea and performed duties in other countries such as the United States and China.

Mumtaz Baloch’s profile

Baloch has served as:

  • Pakistan’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2020-2021
  • Deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing from 2015-2020
  • Counselor for political affairs at Pakistan Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC from 2006-2011
  • Second secretary at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva from 1999- 2002.

At the Foriegn Office, she has served as director (America), director (security council and human rights) and director (strategic planning) in the Office of the Foreign Secretary. During 2014-2015, she served as the director (academic programme) and later as director general of the Foreign Service Academy Islamabad.

Baloch holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Punjab University, a Master’s in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a degree from the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’ Administration in France.

“All ‘Spokeswomen’ team”

Besides the woman spokesperson at the leading office, MOFA Director General (Strategic Communication Division) Saima Sayed would now serve as the deputy spokesperson with immediate effect.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar welcomed the “all women ‘Spokeswomen’ team”.

“Congratulations on being MOFA’s flag bearers and the interface between MOFA’s work and how the world hears about it. All the very best!” she tweeted.

Baloch predecessor, Asim Iftikhar, has been appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to France.

Nuxhat Khurshid
Nuxhat Khurshid is a passionate writer, reader and documentary-maker. She mostly writes on environment, climate change and development issues for Islamabad Scene.

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