Tariq Fatemi

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Tariq Fatemi
Pakistan's Minister of State Tariq Fatemi, July 24, 2015.jpg
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
In office
8 September 1999 – 16 December 1999
Preceded by Riaz Khokhar
Succeeded by Maliha Lodhi
Personal details
Syed Tariq Fatemi

(1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 75)
Dacca, East Bengal, British Indian Empire
Present-day Bangladesh
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Spouse(s) Zahra Wadood Fatemi
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Punjab University
Moscow State University
Occupation Diplomat

Syed Tariq Fatemi (Urdu: طارق فاطمى ‎; born 9 July 1944), is a Pakistani diplomat who served as the Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister. He previously served as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States and to the European Union.[1][2]


Born in Dhaka, British India, Fatemi went on to serve as a career foreign service officer and has held diplomatic missions throughout his career.[3] 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.[3] He is an expert on Russian studies and is fluent in Russian language.[1]

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.[4] Earlier, an inquiry committee had held Fatemi responsible for the Dawn Leaks.[5] The allegation was rejected by Fatemi in a farewell letter.[6]


  1. ^ a b MOFA. "Profile of SYED TARIQ FATEMI". Government of Pakistan. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ Staff. "Will the real Foreign Minister please stand up?". Dawn. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  3. ^ 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 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Tariq Fatemi removed from post by PM following inquiry into Dawn story". Dawn. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Inquiry report holds Tariq Fatemi responsible for Dawn leaks". Express Tribune. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Tariq Fatemi rejects inquiry committee allegations against him in farewell letter". Dawn. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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