Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has been appointed as new Foreign Office spokesperson, replacing Aisha Farooqui on Wednesday.
A notification for the appointment of Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri was issued here. Aisha Farooqui is going for training.
Chaudhri has been a career diplomat for 27 years and was previously serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the director-general of South Asia. He also served as DG Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and joint secretary national security.
Hafeez Chaudhri also served at Pakistan Embassy in Washington and the High Commission in London.
Aisha Farooqui, the current spokesperson, will give her last weekly briefing today (Thursday). She assumed the post in December 2019, replacing Dr Muhammad Faisal, who was appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany.
Aisha Farooqui is a career diplomat who joined the Foreign Services of Pakistan in 1994. She had served as consul general of Pakistan in Houston, the United States before the recent assignment.
Moreover, Chaudhri is a seasoned diplomat who joined the Foreign Service in 1993 where he was part of several diplomatic missions abroad.
He then served at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC, and the High Commission for Pakistan, London as well. As the director-general for Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey at the Foreign Office, he dealt with the Afghan peace process.
He has a master’s degree in International Law from the University of London and a second master’s in Business Administration.