Tariq Fatemi

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Tariq Fatemi
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byNawabzada Malik Amad Khan
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
In office
8 September 1999 – 16 December 1999
Preceded byRiaz Khokhar
Succeeded byMaliha Lodhi
Personal details
Syed Tariq Fatemi

(1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 79)
Dacca, East Bengal, British Indian Empire
Present-day Bangladesh
Nationality Pakistani Bengali
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
SpouseZahra Wadood Fatemi
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Punjab University
Moscow State University

Syed Tariq Fatemi (Urdu: طارق فاطمى ; Bengali: তারিক ফাতেমি; born 9 July 1944), is a Pakistani diplomat who most recently served as Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif till the government completed its term. He previously served as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States and to the European Union.[1][2][3]


Born in Dhaka, British India, Fatemi went on to serve as a career foreign service officer and has held diplomatic missions throughout his career.[4] In addition, he also provided his foreign policy expertise to represent Pakistan's case at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Aside from foreign service, he has briefly taught courses on International relations at the Foreign Service Academy and as well as courses on Security studies at the National Defence University and the Quaid-i-Azam University. A key member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), he is the author of the book, "The Future of Pakistan", and has repeatedly appeared in news media to comment on foreign affairs of the country.[4] He is an expert on Russian studies and is fluent in Russian language.[3]

Controversy surrounded him during Nawaz Sharif's tenure.[citation needed]


His career as a Pakistani diplomat is enriched with assignments in Pakistan Missions abroad, including New York, Moscow (twice), Beijing and Washington (twice). He served as Additional Foreign Secretary (Americas and Europe Divisions) and worked in the Prime Minister's Office, in charge of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Defense Production.[3]

From 1982 to 1986, he served as the delegate to the UN General Assembly Sessions and attended several Non-Aligned and OIC Conferences, while being the member of the UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations on Afghanistan.

In 1999, Fatemi was promoted to the rank of a Federal Secretary—the highest rank in the country's civil service.[3]

He also served as the High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Pakistan to Zimbabwe and later served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Jordan, Belgium, Luxembourg and then to European Union (Brussels) and retired in 2004.[3]

After his retirement, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and assisted the party on various foreign policy matters.

In April 2017, the Prime Minister's Office issued directives to remove Fatemi from his post as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, for his alleged role in Dawn Leaks.[5] Earlier, an inquiry committee had held Fatemi responsible for the Dawn Leaks.[6] The allegation was rejected by Fatemi in a farewell letter.[7]

On 20 April 2022, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed Syed Tariq Fatemi as his special assistant on foreign affairs.[8]


  1. ^ "Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi receives German Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Stephan Steinlein". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan website. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Will the real Foreign Minister please stand up?". Dawn (newspaper). 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b Participants of the Brookings Institution. "Participants of the Brookings Institution (includes profile of Tariq Fatemi)" (PDF). Brookings Institution. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Tariq Fatemi removed from post by PM following inquiry into Dawn story". Dawn (newspaper). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Inquiry report holds Tariq Fatemi responsible for Dawn leaks". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 20 April 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Tariq Fatemi rejects inquiry committee allegations against him in farewell letter". Dawn (newspaper). 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  8. ^ "PM Shehbaz appoints Tariq Fatemi as SAPM on foreign affairs". Business Recorder (newspaper). 20 April 2022. Retrieved 20 April 2022.