List of ambassadors of Pakistan to the United States

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Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States of America
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
Ali Jehangir Siddiqui

since May 2018
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
NominatorPrime Minister of Pakistan
Inaugural holderAbul Hassan Isphani
WebsitePakistan Embassy – Washington, D.C.

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States is in charge of the Pakistan Embassy, Washington, D.C., Pakistan's diplomatic mission to the United States. The official title is Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States of America.

H.E. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui is the current ambassador to the United States.


The embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. was built on 28 August 1947, when Pakistan attained independence from Great Britain and separated from India to form the Dominion of Pakistan. From the onset, Pakistan adopted a pro-American policy, with relations taking an upturn in 1954 when Pakistan signed several defense pacts with the United States- first the SEATO and then CENTO in 1955. Their relations were soured because of the subsequent Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1965 and 1971, but were rejuvenated due to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the ensuing covert war of 1980–88. Pakistan's secret nuclear programme led the US to impose sanctions on Pakistan, thus deteriorating Pakistani-American relations, but the War on Terrorism again placed Pakistan in the good books of America, improving the two countries' bilateral relations once more.

Therefore, the Pakistani ambassadors to the US were not only the top-notch officers of the Pakistani civil service, but also political appointees of respective governments of the time. Some former ambassadors later rose to command important positions in the Pakistani government,with one of them, Muhammad Ali Bogra, becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

List of Pakistani Ambassadors to the United States[edit]

Name and Title Image Entered Office Left Office
Abul Hassan Isphani 8 October 1948 8 February 1952
Muhammad Ali Bogra Mohammad Ali of Bogra.jpg 27 February 1952 16 April 1953
Syed Amjad Ali 26 September 1953 17 September 1955
Muhammad Ali Bogra Mohammad Ali of Bogra.jpg November 1955 March 1959
Aziz Ahmed 23 March 1959 July 1963
Ghulam Ahmed 19 July 1963 15 September 1966
Agha Hilaly 21 October 1966 20 October 1971
Maj Gen (R) N.A.M. Raza 22 October 1971 22 April 1972
Sultan Muhammad Khan 15 May 1972 8 December 1973
Lt Gen (R) Sahabzada Yaqub Khan 19 December 1973 3 January 1979
Sultan Muhammad Khan 13 January 1979 31 December 1980
Lt Gen Ejaz Azim 7 July 1981 15 September 1986
Jamsheed Marker 17 September 1986 30 June 1989
Air Chief Marshal (R) Zulfiqar Ali Khan 12 July 1989 15 September 1990
Najmuddin Shaikh 14 October 1990 22 November 1991
Abida Hussain 26 November 1991 24 April 1993
Maliha Lodhi 21 January 1994 30 January 1997
Riaz Khokhar 12 March 1997 7 September 1999
Tariq Fatemi Pakistan's Minister of State Tariq Fatemi, July 24, 2015.jpg 8 September 1999 16 December 1999
Maliha Lodhi Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan-US talks 2001.jpg 17 December 1999 4 August 2002
Ashraf Qazi Ashraf Jehangir Qazi.jpg 19 August 2002 6 August 2004
General (R) Jehangir Karamat 17 November 2004 3 June 2006
Maj Gen (R) Mahmud Ali Durrani 5 June 2006 9 May 2008
Husain Haqqani 26 May 2008 22 November 2011
Sherry Rehman Sherry Rehman (cropped).jpg 23 November 2011 14 May 2013 [1]
Jalil Abbas Jilani Jalil Abbas Jilani 2014 (cropped).jpg December 2013 February 2017
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry December 2016 (31311503892).jpg March 2017 May 2018
Ali Jehangir Siddiqui Ali Jahangir Siddiqui.jpg May 2018 Present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pakistani ambassador to US resigns after election defeat". Xinhua News Agency. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.