Islamabad: Additional Secretary Asia and Pacific Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch was appointed on Friday as spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a notification issued by the ministry.
She has replaced Asim Iftikhar Ahmed who has been appointed as an ambassador of Pakistan to France.
Mumtaz Baloch, a career diplomat, has previously served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Deputy Head of Mission at Pakistan’s embassy in Beijing, Counselor for Political Affairs at Pakistan’s embassy in Washington DC and as Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva.
At the foreign ministry, she has served as Director (America), Director (Security Council and Human Rights) and Director (Strategic Planning) in the Office of the Foreign Secretary.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch holds Masters degree in Physics from the Punjab University, Lahore, a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA and a degree from the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’ Administration, France.
Meanwhile, Saima Sayed, currently serving as Director General of Strategic Communications has been appointed as the deputy spokesperson of the Foreign Office.
Also a career diplomat, Saima Sayed previously served as Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, First Secretary at Pakistan’s high commission in New Delhi and as Second Secretary at Pakistan’s embassy in Paris.
At the foreign ministry, she has served as Director (Arms Control & Disarmament& Science Diplomacy), Deputy Chief of Protocol and Deputy Director Europe.
She holds Masters degree in Public Administration from Quaid–i-Azam University, Islamabad.
In a tweet, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar welcomed an all women ‘Spokeswomen’ team at the Foreign Office including Mumtaz Zahra as spokeswoman, Saima Sayed as deputy spokeswoman and Sidrah A. Kalair as director.
“Congratulations on being MoFa’s flag bearers and the interface between Mofa’s work and how the world hears about it. All the very best,” Hina Rabbani wrote on Twitter.