Mumtaz Zahra Baloch has been appointed as the new Foreign Office spokesperson on Friday.
Baloch, who has been also serving as the Additional Secretary Asia and Pacific, replaces Asim Iftikhar.
The office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified on Friday about the appointment of Baloch as the spokesperson and Saima Syed, who is currently serving as the director-general (strategic communication division), as the deputy spokesperson.
The notification stated that MOFA Director General (Strategic Communication Division) Saima Sayed would serve as the deputy spokesperson with immediate effect.
Baloch has over 20 years of experience in foreign affairs and has previously served as the South Korean ambassador, as well as performing duties in other countries such as the United States and China.
Meanwhile, Asim Iftikhar is set to become Pakistan’s ambassador to France.
Earlier on Wednesday, Asim Iftikhar tweeted a picture of himself sharing his credentials with Director of State Protocol Philippe Franc upon the former’s arrival in Paris.
Glad to present copies of credentials to HE Philippe Franc Director of State Protocol. Looking forward to advancing 🇵🇰🇫🇷friendship, shared interests & multifaceted cooperation. Greetings to the French people & Pakistanis in France @ForeignOfficePk @FranceinPak pic.twitter.com/FBhtXdLEUe
— Asim Iftikhar Ahmad (@Asimiahmad) November 9, 2022