Pakistan appoints new ambassador to the UAE

Dubai - Afzaal Mahmood has represented Pakistan at many international forums

By Waheed Abbas

Published: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 2:14 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 2:17 PM

Pakistan appointed Afzaal Mahmood as its ambassador to the UAE on January 27, 2021, replacing Ghulam Dastagir.

Mahmood has been moved to the UAE after completing his tenure as South Asian country’s ambassador in Bahrain.

Afzaal Mehmood has represented Pakistan at numerous international forums in different parts of the world.

His notable assignments include serving as Consul-General Houston in the US from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as deputy/acting high commissioner of Pakistan in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013.

Mahmood also represented Pakistan at the United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Human Settlements Program in Nairobi as Deputy Permanent Representative during 2004-2007.

His other multilateral assignments included occasional representation at Asean, Saarc and climate change meetings in Indonesia, East Africa, Bangladesh and Germany.

During his stint at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, he looked after a variety of assignments covering different continents. This includes Director General for Americas and Europe, Director, Deputy Director and Assistant Director for Iran-Turkey, Europe and South Asia.

He graduated in Economics from the Government Post Graduate College, Chakwal and was trained in Turkish language at Ankara University in Turkey.

The Ambassador speaks Turkish and Indonesian languages, in addition to Urdu, English and Punjabi.

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