Riaz Khokhar

Riaz Hussain Khokhar (Urdu: ریاض کھو کھر) (born 31 December 1942)[1] is a retired Pakistani diplomat who served as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from June 2002 to February 2005. Khokhar also served as Pakistan's ambassador to India (1992–1997), the United States (1997–1999) and China (1999–2002) before leading the top post of foreign ministry as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.[2]

Khokhar in New Delhi in 2004

CareerEdit

Riaz Khokhar joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan on 10 October 1966.[1] In September 2003, Riaz Khokhar briefed a group of Kashmiri leaders on the upcoming India-Pakistan talks before he left for New Delhi for talks with India.[3]

In 2004, former president of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan reportedly said, "The Kashmiri leadership supported the composite dialogue between the two countries but noted that the talks should not be held at the expense of Kashmir."[2]

Again in 2004, All Parties Hurriyat Conference of Kashmir also expressed their support to the ongoing dialogue between India and Pakistan. They reportedly said that the talks should continue until the Kashmir dispute is resolved.[2]

On 29 June 2004, Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Riaz Khokhar stated, "In my judgement I found and saw that the Indian side was serious and committed and determined to move forward on the composite dialogue."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Profile of Riaz Hussain Khokhar on Google Books website (page 404) Retrieved 28 October 2022
  2. ^ a b c "Kashmiris' opinion key to Kashmir settlement: Riaz Khokhar". Yahoo India News website. 16 September 2004. Archived from the original on 1 October 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  3. ^ "India determined to continue dialogue process, says Riaz Khokhar". WEBINDIA123.COM website. 29 June 2004. Archived from the original on 22 September 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2022.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Pakistan High Commissioner to India
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Preceded by Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by Pakistan Ambassador to China
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
2002–2005