Sohail Mahmood

Sohail Mahmood

Sohail Mahmood

Sohail Mahmood is a grade-22 Pakistani diplomat and is working as Pakistan’s 30th Foreign Secretary. In April 2017 he took charge of Pakistani HC (High Commissioner) to India but came back due to his unpleasant relationship with India.

He has been harassed there for two times, which have prompted him to decide to return to Pakistan. Previously, he was also the Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey. This article has all the information about him, including Sohail Mahmood Biography.

Name:Sohail Mahmood
In Urdu:سہیل محمود‬
Famous As:Diplomat
Education:Masters in History and International Relations
Alma Mater:Quaid e Azam University and Columbia University
Profession:He is a Pakistani Diplomat
President:Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister:Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Preceded By:Abdul Basit

Sohail Mahmood Biography

Sohail Mahmood Biography

He is a senior diplomat and gained recognition for integrity. He previously served in numerous countries, including New York, Washington, and had also been a Pakistani ambassador to Turkey and Thailand.

Sohail is a highly educated person and served at various important posts in Pakistan and also contributed his services for Pakistan’s foreign assignment. Sohail took charge of Pakistan’s foreign secretary in 2019 and replaced ex-foreign secretary Tehmina Junjua.

Education of Sohail

He completed graduation in History & Political Science from Rawalpindi’s Government College, a Masters degree in History from QAU (Quaid-e-Azam University) in ISB, and also completed a  Masters degree in ‘International Affairs’ from Columbia University NYC.

Sohail Mahmood Family

He is living a blissful married life and is father to three children.


He is a former foreign service officer with foreign services experience covering more than three decades, including several assignments to Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as Pakistan’s overseas missions in both bi-lateral and multi-lateral zones.

In Foreign Services

In Oct 1985 he joined the Pakistan Foreign Service. At headquarters, he served as a desk officer for ‘South Asian’ zone from 1987-1988 and then again from 1990-1991. He later served as Director (Turkey and Iran) from 1995 to 1998; as DG (Americas) from 2005 to 2008; as DG, FSO( Foreign Secretary’s Office) in 2009; and as Deputy Secretary (West Asia/ Afghanistan) from 2013 to 2015.

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Career at Mofa

At Mofa (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), he served at the post of additional secretary for West Asia/Afghanistan and also as DG for the office of Foreign Secretary and Americas.

High Commissioner To India

Before his joining as foreign secretary, he worked as Pakistan’s HC to India from 2017 August to  2019 April.

Served as Ambassador

He acted as Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey (with dual accreditation to Kosovo and Macedonia) from 2015-2017 and as Ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand and Representative to UNESCAP (Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific), Bangkok, from 2009-2013.

Foreign Assignments

For Pakistan, his international assignments include the post of Ambassador to Turkey and Thailand. He has also been an advisor to Permanent Mission of Pakistan to UN and a diplomatic consultant to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington.