Dr Asad Majeed appointed foreign secretary, notification issued

Asad Majeed was Pakistan's envoy to US in March 2022 when PTI blamed Washington for toppling Imran Khan govt

Nausheen Yusuf
Pakistans former ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan. — APP/File
Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan. — APP/File  

  • Asad Majeed is BS-22 officer of Foreign Service. 
  • He is Pakistan's Ambassador to Belgium, European Union, Luxembourg.
  • Jauhar Saleem was working as acting Foreign Secretary.

Pakistan's Ambassador to Belgium Dr Asad Majeed Khan has been appointed as the Foreign Secretary, Geo News reported on Friday.

Asad Majeed, who was Pakistan's ambassador to the US during the PTI government when former PM Imran Khan blamed Washington for hatching conspiracy against his government, is a BS-22 officer of the Foreign Service. He is also the ambassador to European Union and Luxembourg.

A notification issued by the Establishment Division said that Majeed should be notified as the foreign secretary with immediate effect and until further orders.

"Dr. Asad Majeed Khan. a BS-22 officer of the Foreign Service of Pakistan, presently posted as Ambassador in the Embassy of Pakistan to Belgium, the European Union, and Luxembourg is transferred and posted as Secretary, Foreign Affairs Division with immediate effect and until further orders," stated the notification. 

Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem was posted as the acting foreign secretary at a time when the Foreign Office could not finalise and agree on a name for a permanent foreign secretary.

He was chosen by former foreign secretary Sohail Mehmood in his last official act. 

Who is Ambassador Asad Majeed

Majeed is a career Foreign Service Officer and has been appointed as the 31st foreign secretary of Pakistan.

During his diplomatic career spanning over 34 years, the ambassador has held several key diplomatic assignments. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Japan, additional foreign secretary (Americas), director general (Americas), director general (West Asia), Pakistan’s charge d’ affaires ad interim to the United States, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC, additional secretary (Foreign Affairs) at the President’s Secretariat, director general (United Nations), and minister-counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations.

Majeed holds a doctorate in International Economic and Business Law (LLD) from Kyushu University, Japan and has been a resource person at a number of academic institutions.

He is married and has two children.