Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan's first Woman Foreign Secretary takes charge Monday March 20,2017
Tehmina Janjua on Monday March 20,2017 assumed charge as foreign secretary becoming the first woman in Pakistan’s history to head the crucial foreign ministry.
Janjua, who is a career diplomat and was serving as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, replaced Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry after he was posted as the country’s envoy to Washington.
Although, Hina Rabbani Khar served as foreign minister during the Pakistan Peoples Party’s government, this is the first time in history that any woman climbed up the ladder in the foreign ministry.
Her appointment, however, was not without controversy. The prime minister picked her for the coveted job while ignoring other potential candidates including Pakistan’s current high commissioner to India Abdul Basit and envoy to London Ibne Abbas