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Nafees Zakaria

Nafees Zakaria on Monday assumed responsibilities as the new high commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom.

Nafees Zakaria’s diplomatic career spans over three decades. Prior to his current assignment, he was serving as the high commissioner of Pakistan to Malaysia.

Besides serving on various diplomatic assignments in Abu Dhabi, Jakarta and Bangkok, Zakaria also served as deputy high commissioner in London and consul general for Pakistan in Toronto.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zakaria served at several positions, including director general (South Asia & SAARC), director general (Europe), additional foreign secretary and spokesperson.

The high commissioner holds a degree in BE (electronics) and did postgraduation in international relations.

Pakistan opposes US drones deal with India: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday opposed the proposed sale of US drone missiles system to India as the move will disturb the balance of power in the region, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria informed media. In his weekly press briefing, the spokesperson said that the onus is on the international community to ensure the balance of power in the region before going into any such agreement with the neighboring country. He said Pakistan has also informed the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his visit to…

45 civilians killed in ceasefire violations by India on LoC this year: FO

ISLAMABAD: More than 1100 instances of  ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the Line of Control have led to the killings of 45 people and serious injuries to more than a hundred this year alone, according to the Foreign Office. It said Indian troops have frequently resorted to unprovoked firing from across the border along the LoC dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir between Pakistan and India. The FO said India has violated the ceasefire 1150 times. A day earlier, Foreign Office…

FO deplores Gen Nicholson’s statement about Taliban shuras in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday rejected the recent statements by Commander of United States (US) Forces and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan General John Nicholson. Calling Gen John Nicholson’s statements unacceptable and unnecessary, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria addressed several issues with regard to the region and Pakistan’s foreign relations. Deploring terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Zakaria asserted: “Afghanistan’s war cannot be fought in Pakistan.” He said that…

Pakistan made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a weekly briefing on Friday, while responding to US President Donald Trump’s criticism on Pakistan for “housing the very terrorist Americans are fighting in the war-torn country.” Zakaria said Pakistan’s position on the neighboring country is clear: “It has sincerely striven for peaceful Afghanistan." The international community, including America, had become aware of Pakistan's response to the…

Two Pakistani officials go missing in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani staffers at the Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad were missing since June 16, said the Foreign Office on Sunday. The incident came days after a visit by UN chief Antonio Guterres to war-torn Afghanistan. Nafees Zakaria, the Foreign Office spokesperson, said the two diplomats, who set off for Pakistan on June 16, have gone missing in Afghanistan as there was no clue to their whereabouts since then. They were coming back home to celebrate Eidul Fitr with their loved ones, he…

Gulf mediation: PM Nawaz to leave for Saudi Arabia today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia on one-day trip to play a role in resolving the Gulf crisis, ARY News reported on Monday. The PM is likely to board a flight for Saudi Arabia at 1:00pm to hold discussions with the officials of the kingdom to help end the diplomatic crisis engulfing the Gulf region. The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to escalate following the former and its allies severing ties with the Gulf state. While commenting on the Gulf crisis, PM Nawaz…