Shamshad Ahmad

Former Foreign Secretary, Pakistan

Shamshad Ahmad Khan is a veteran Pakistan Foreign Service officer who served as Foreign Secretary from 1997 to 2000. He was also Pakistan’s Ambassador to South Korea and Iran; Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO); and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He served at various posts at the Foreign Office and in Pakistan Missions at Tehran, Dakar, Paris, Washington, and New York. As Foreign Secretary, he negotiated in June 1997 the India-Pakistan peace process familiarly known as 'Composite Dialogue'. With overt nuclearization of subcontinent he held an eight round-dialogue with his US counterpart, on nuclear restraint and stabilisation in South Asia. As Secretary-General ECO, he was instrumental in the transformation of the organisation into a 10-member regional cooperation organisation with the induction of Afghanistan and six newly independent Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union. As Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN, he chaired and co-chaired several UN bodies and actively contributed to strengthening the UN Peacekeeping Operations and conflict prevention activities. Ahmad has authored three books ‘Dreams Unfulfilled’, ‘Pakistan and World Affairs’, and 'Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Dilemma: A Perennial Quest for Survival'. He has been contributing to Pakistan’s major English and Urdu newspapers and his articles were also published in Foreign Affairs Magazine, Washington Times, and Cambridge University Review of International Affairs (CRIA). He is an Old Ravian who was President of Government College Students Union in 1961-62 and also taught in his alma mater from 1962 to 1964.

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