Masood Khan

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Masood Khan
President of the United Nations Security Council
Assumed office
1 January 2013
Pakistan Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
In office

Masood Khan is a career diplomat who is the current Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York. Previously, beginning in September 2008, he was Pakistan's Ambassador to China.[1] Before that he was the ambassador and permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2005 to 2008. He also stayed as the chairman of the Committee on Internet Governance at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005.[2]

Early diplomatic career[edit]

Masood Khan joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1980. His foreign assignments include: Third Secretary in Beijing (1984–1986), Second Secretary and First Secretary at The Hague (1986–1989) and Counselor at United Nations New York (1993–1997) and Political Counselor in Washington, D.C. (1997–2002).

His assignments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: section officer for Europe, Iran and South Asian countries (1980–1982), director for Economic Cooperation Organization, Overseas Pakistanis and International Conferences (1990–1991), director for Secretary General's office (1991–1992), director-general for East Asia and Pacific (2002–2003), director-general for United Nations, Disarmament, and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (2003–2004) and spokesman for Pakistan Foreign Office (2003–2005).

Ambassadorial career[edit]

Masood Khan was appointed as Pakistan's permanent representative to United Nations Office at Geneva in February 2005.[3] During this time, he stayed as chairman for many forums including International Organization for Migration Council, Group of 77 and China at Geneva, Government Group of International Labour Organization (ILO), Conference on Disarmament and Organisation of the Islamic Conference at Geneva.

In September 2008, Masood Khan was appointed as Pakistan's Ambassador to People's Republic of China replacing Salman Bashir who proceeded as Foreign Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In October 2012, he was appointed as Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York.

He is married and has three children.


  1. ^ "Masood Khan Pakistan envoy to China" The Nation, 13 September 2008
  2. ^ "Meet the man who will save the internet" The Register, 14 November 2005
  3. ^ "Pakistan Govt appoints Masood Khan as ambassador to UN, Geneva" Pakistan Times, 15 February 2005