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Saturday Jun 06 2020
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Mohammad Sadiq appointed as special envoy to Afghanistan

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Mohammad Sadiq in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photo: APP

ISLAMABAD: Diplomat Mohammad Sadiq has been appointed as Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan, reported Radio Pakistan.

In his meeting with Sadiq, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that regional development was linked to durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He added that considering it was a collective responsibility, Pakistan had sincerely played a reconciliatory role in Afghan peace process which had been lauded globally.

The foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan would continue playing its part for regional peace and stability.

Qureshi also felicitated Sadiq on his new assignment and hoped that the appointment of an experienced diplomat on the crucial position would help further strengthen the Pak-Afghan ties.

Who is Mohammad Sadiq?

A seasoned diplomat, Sadiq has previously served as secretary to the National Security Division Cabinet Committee on National Security (Pakistan) (CCNS) and has held several other posts in the Foreign Office, with assignments in Washington, Beijing, Brussels and Afghanistan.

The special envoy holds an MA in Political Science from Peshawar University, a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MS in Defence and Security Studies from the National Defence University in Islamabad.

Sadiq has represented Pakistan at several multilateral and bilateral conferences and meetings.

He holds the distinction for being appointed the UN Election Observer for South African elections that brought an end to the Apartheid regime in 1994.

The envoy has given lectures on issues pertaining to foreign affairs, ranging from human rights to peace and security in South Asia at various varsities at home and abroad including in Belgium, Washington, Beijing, and Kabul.

He has the distinction of launching the government's first ever internship programme while serving as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington.

Sadiq compiled the first ever email database of overseas Pakistanis.

He also organised the Pakistani-American community and created the Pakistan Caucus in the US Congress.

The diplomat is also credited for a comprehensive demographic study of Pakistani-Americans, the only one of its kind on overseas Pakistanis.