(born 9 July 1944) is a former Pakistani career diplomat who is
currently working as a political analyst. Apart from appearing regularly
on television on a variety of political talk shows, he also writes a
weekly column for Dawn that appears every Thursday. He speaks English,
Russian and Urdu fluently.During his diplomatic career, Fatemi was sent
as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States by the Nawaz Sharif
government, however he was recalled after three months, without
presenting his credentials, because of the military coup.
Early Diplomatic career.
holds bachelors (honors) and masters degree in Arts. He joined the
Foreign Service of Pakistan in October 1969. His diplomatic assignments
in Pakistan Missions abroad include: Third Secretary, Moscow
(1970-1974); Second Secretary, New York City (1974-1979); First
Secretary, Moscow (1979-1981); Minister/Deputy Head of Mission,
Washington, D.C. (1986-1991); and Minister/Deputy Head of Mission,
Beijing (1991-1993).He also served at Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Islamabad (1981-1986) as Director and Director General of the Foreign
Minister’s Office. As head of this Office, he was associated with all
important negotiations conducted by the Minister. From December 1996 to
June 1998, he was Additional Secretary in the Foreign Ministry, in
charge of Americas and Europe Divisions. From July 1998 to July 1999, he
was Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, in charge of
Defence, Defence Production and Foreign Affairs. He was later promoted
to the highest rank in the country’s civil service, that of a Federal
Secretary to the Government of Pakistan.
was a delegate to the UN General Assembly Session from 1982-1986 and
has also attended numerous Non-Aligned and Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC) Summits and Ministerial meetings. As such, he was
involved in negotiations leading to numerous NAM and OIC Declarations.
He was also a member of the UN sponsored Geneva negotiations on
Afghanistan from 1982-1986.
Fatemi has served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Zimbabwe
(1993-1996), with concurrent accreditation to Angola, Botswana, Namibia
and Zambia, and also as Ambassador to the United States for three months
(September to December 1999). Later, he served as Ambassador to Jordan
from March 2000 to September 2002, and was Ambassador to Belgium and
Luxembourg and Head of Mission to the European Union from September,
2002 to July 2004, before leaving this post on having reached the
mandatory age for retirement of all civil servants in Pakistan.