Salman Bashir

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Salman Bashir
Salman Bashir in June 2011.jpg
Salman Bashir in June 2011
26th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
3 May 2008 – March 3, 2012
Preceded by Riaz Mohammad Khan
Succeeded by Jalil Jilani
Personal details
Born (1952-03-04) March 4, 1952 (age 64)
Religion Islam

Salman Bashir (Urdu: سلمان بشیر ‎) (born 4 March 1952) is a retired Pakistani diplomat and ex-Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bashir did his masters in History and LLB before joining the Foreign Service of Pakistan in February 1976. He belongs to the Third Common Training Program, and he won overall first position in his batch, but preferred to join FSP instead of DMG or Police service.


He served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a section officer (1976–1980), Director (1985–1987), Director General (1995–1999) and Additional Foreign Secretary (2003–2005).

His foreign diplomatic assignments included: Pakistan Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva (1980–1984), OIC Secretariat Jeddah (1988–1995), Ambassador of Pakistan to Denmark and Lithuania (July 1999 to February 2003).

Bashir was the Pakistani Ambassador to China and Mongolia from 2005 to 2008. He then replaced Riaz Mohammad Khan as the Foreign Secretary from 3 May 2008 to 3 March 2012.[2] He served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to India from 2012 to 2014.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bashir is married with two sons and daughter. His brother, Admiral Noman Bashir, is the former Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy.[4]


  1. ^ "Salman Bashir new foreign secretary" The News, 26 April 2008
  2. ^ Qudssia Akhlaque. "Change of guard at the foreign ministry" Dawn, 25 February 2005
  4. ^ "Noman Bashir new Naval Chief" The Nation, 6 October 2008

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pakistan Ambassador to Denmark
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Pakistan Ambassador to Lithuania
1999 – 2003
Preceded by
Riaz Mohammad Khan
Pakistan Ambassador to China
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by
Masood Khan
Pakistan Ambassador to Mongolia
2005 – 2008
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
2008 – 4 March 2012