Introduction

Sajjad Ashraf served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Singapore from late July 2004 to December 2008. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973 he has had number of posting in Pakistan's missions abroad. His overseas

Sajjad Ashraf


Professional Achievements


Sajjad Ashraf served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Singapore from late July 2004 to December 2008. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973 he has had number of posting in Pakistan's missions abroad. His overseas postings include in addition to Singapore, Senegal with concurrent accreditation to six other countries, Netherlands, Dubai, South Korea, Australia, Mozambique and Kenya. Ashraf's posting have allowed him to work in broad range of countries, both in bilateral and multi-lateral setting like United Nations Environment Program. At The Hague he worked as Pakistan Alternate Permanent Delegate to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He has represented Pakistan at several international conferences.

Ashraf has also been invited to deliver papers at Pugwash Conferences and at Bandranaike Center in Colombo. He has spoken at various seminars at Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore and earlier at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has written several papers on variety of topics. His recent publication is a much acclaimed article "From Guns to Muffled Sounds of Dholak-An India-Pakistan Journey of Hope" written for the Institute of South Asian Studies in Singapore. During his posting in Africa he worked closely with what were then liberation movements. While posted in Senegal he was instrumental in arranging Pakistan's highly acclaimend peace keeping operation in Sierra Leone, a country in his area of accreditation.

 

Sajjad Ashraf holds Masters in Political Science from Forman Christian College, Lahore, where he was ranked at the top of his class, and Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies, with high honors, from National Defence College , Islamabad. In addition he has successfully completed Course in International Relations and Diplomacy, management courses in Pakistan and Leadership and Organizational Management Course from INTAN, Kuala Lumpur.

 

He is married with a son who is an Investment Banker in London and daughter currently working with a law firm in Singapore. He enjoys reading, tennis, jogging, listening to the music and watching movies.