Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sardar Tariq Azizuddin

Sardar Tariq Azizuddin comes from a Peshawar Sadozai family known as the Peshawar Sardars, who have historical blood links with the former Afghan King Shah Shuja and the founder of modern day Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali. His late father and the other members of the family have a history of military service in various Regiments of the Pakistan Army. He was born in Peshawar on 31 May 1951, where he spent his early life and education. He graduated in Political Science and History from the University of Peshawar.

He joined the Pakistan Army in 1969 as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned in a Cavalry Regiment, Probyn’s Horse in 1971. He saw action in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. He rose to the rank of Captain. He transferred from the army to the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1975.

In the Foreign Service, he served in various Pakistan Diplomatic Missions. He was Vice Consul in Manchester, UK (1979-83), First Secretary in Cairo, Egypt (1986-89), Counsellor & Deputy High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1989-92), Counsellor & Charge’ d’Affaires in Kabul, Afghanistan (1992-94), Consul General in Los Angeles, USA (1997-2001), Ambassador of Pakistan Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (2001-2004), Ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (2005-2008). He is currently Ambassador of Pakistan in Ankara, Turkey since January 2009. In between the foreign assignments, he served on different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, Pakistan, as Section Officer, Director, Director General and Chief of Protocol.

He was decorated with Sitara-i-Shujaat (Star of Valor) for his service in Afghanistan in 1992-94.

He is married to Naila, daughter of Sardar Abdul Wahab Khan, who was the son of Amir Mohammad Yaqub Khan, Ruler of Afghanistan 1878-81. He has a daughter Saira and two sons Ali and Assad.

He enjoys hunting (ducks&partridge) and gardening.