Pakistani Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi to bid farewell

China Economic Net

Beijing: Ambassador of Pakistan to China Ms. Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi is going to bid farewell with China after one-year tenure in Beijing. Mr. Moin-ul-Haque, currently serving as Ambassador of Pakistan to Paris will replace Hashmi as the new envoy to Beijing.

Vice Foreign Minister of China Luo Zhaohui met with ambassador Naghmana Hashmi on July 2. On the occasion, Luo conveyed his thankfulness to Hashmi for her great contribution to promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and Pakistan, and expressed the hope that Hashmi would continue to care for and support China-Pakistan relations.

Hashmi thanked the Chinese side for its valuable support during her performance of duties and believed Pakistan-China relations would overcome any difficulties and challenges and constantly achieve greater development.

Hashmi is recognized for her contribution to the cultural understanding between China and Pakistan. As an ambassador in favor of Chinese culture, she depicts the traits of Chinese civilization as peaceful and benevolent. Meanwhile, she has endeavored to share the core spirit of Pakistan and its people by introducing Sufism to the Chinese audience. Her deep understanding of both Chinese and Pakistani cultures has warranted her achievements in bringing the two peoples closer.

Hashmi is a champion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). She highlighted the tangible results and benefits to the local people brought about by CPEC and recognized its renewed vitality into Pakistan’s socioeconomic development. Her signed article “From Khunjerab to Gwadar: 69 years of concord, cooperation, and connectivity” represents part of her efforts in promoting the CPEC project.

Devoted to improving Pakistan’s exports to China as a continuous effort inherited from her predecessor Masood Khalid, the Pakistani Embassy under the leadership of Hashmi has cooperated with China Economic Net (CEN) to hold the Pakistan Mango Festival in Beijing in a bid to attract the Chinese business community to explore the untapped market of Pakistani fruits. Hashmi also received interviews from CEN several times on the topics of China-Pakistan trade cooperation and mutual support in the fight against COVID-19 between the two countries.

Hashmi has also shown leadership in the test of the COVID-19 pandemic by managing to deliver large quantities of Chinese donations to Pakistan in order and soothing the nostalgia of Pakistani nationals with tender care when the pandemic first broke out in China.

Ms. Naghmana A. Hashmi joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1983. She has held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan Missions abroad: Paris (1987-1990), Jakarta (1994-1997), Copenhagen (1997-2000), and Beijing (2003-2007). Hashmi served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Ireland from 2007 to 2012. Since June 2014, she was the Ambassador of Pakistan to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg. In May 2019, she was appointed as Ambassador to China.

The incoming successor Moin-ul-Haque joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1987, and has served in Sri Lanka, Canada, and Turkey. In 2013, he was appointed Director General (Europe), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later assumed the position of Chief of Protocol, MoFA.

Moin-ul-Haque was appointed Ambassador of Pakistan to Paris and accredited to Principality of Monaco in 2017.