Doha: Pakistan’s ambassador-designate, Syed Hasan Raza (pictured), arrived in Doha yesterday.
Raza joined Pakistan Foreign Service in 1986. From 1995 to 1998, he served at the embassy of Pakistan in the Kyrgyz Republic, and worked in Central Asia again from 2001 to 2003 as Deputy Head of Mission at the Pakistan embassy in Kazakhstan.
Raza studied at Punjab University in Lahore and later at Columbia University New York, where he earned degrees in political science, international affairs and law. From 2003 to 2005, he served as deputy consul general in Jeddah and as alternate representative of Pakistan to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
He joined the OIC in 2005 as advisor to the OIC secretary general on political and legal affairs and served the organisation for three years on various important issues such as reform and restructuring of the OIC charter.
He also served as desk officer for the United Nations and subsequently as desk officer for Afghanistan. He also served as assistant legal adviser for international law and treaties.
Raza, who specialises in international law and human rights, served with the UN Mission in Somalia from 1993 to 1994 as director in various regions and in the Office of the UN special representative for Somalia.
He resumed his responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009 and held the leading assignment of director general economic cooperation, OIC and Friends of Democratic Pakistan, comprising 21 countries and two international institutions. He was the D-8 commissioner for Pakistan from 2009 until his departure from the ministry to join his assignment as Ambassador to Qatar.The Peninsula