Naela Chohan

Naela Chohan
Naela Chohan, Pakistan Civil Service, 1982
Ambassador of Pakistan to ArgentinaArgentina, UruguayUruguay, PeruPeru and EcuadorEcuador
Personal details
Born 6 May 1958 (1958-05-06) (age 53)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Spouse(s) Musa Javed Chohan
Children Usman Waqqas Chohan, Ibrahim Abubakr Chohan
Alma mater Harvard, Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, Quaid-e-Azam University, École du Louvre, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Occupation Pakistani Ambassador, Feminist Artist
Religion Islam

Naela Chohan (Urdu: نائلہ چوہان, alternative spelling Naila Chohan) (born 6 May 1958 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani diplomat and feminist artist. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Film Censor Board, and of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Employment Corporation of Pakistan, and Inter State Gas System (Pvt). Naela Chohan also has experience in Chemical Weapons Disarmament, being the first civilian and woman to head the National Authority on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Pakistan. She is an alumnus of Quaid-e-Azam University, the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, The École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, École du Louvre, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is currently serving as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador.

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Education

Naela Chohan holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, and a PhD session certificate in International Relations from Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She also received training at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École du Louvre in Paris. Naela Chohan also undertook the Executive Development Program (EDP) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As a polyglot, she has fluency in English, French, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, and Bengali.

Career

Naela Chohan (right) attending the session accrediting Pakistan with Observer Status at the Committee of Representatives of the Latin American Integration Association, ALADI. (2011)
Naela Chohan at the Palacio Estrugamou (2010)
From (L) to (R) Musa Javed Chohan, Naela Chohan, HRH Prince Aga Khan IV, Begum Inaara Aga Khan, and Sahibzada Yaqub Khan in Paris (2002)
Naela Chohan & Boutros Boutros Ghali at her art exhibition for the International Women's Day at UNESCO in Paris (2002)
Naela Chohan & Datin Sri Endon Mahmood at the Museum of Islamic Heritage, Kuala Lumpur. (1999)

Naela Chohan's diplomatic assignments have included the High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa, the Pakistan delegation to United Nations General Assembly 41st (1987) Session and 42nd (1988) Session, and the Embassy of Pakistan in Tehran (1989–1993), and Kuala Lumpur (1997–2001). She is currently serving as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Ecuador.

Naela Chohan also has experience in Chemical Weapons Disarmament, being the first civilian and woman to head the National Authority on the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Pakistan.

In addition to her service as a career diplomat, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Employment Corporation of Pakistan and the Inter State Gas System Limited (Pvt); and a member of the Pakistan Film Censor Board. She was also unanimously elected Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Development Center (APDC), Kuala Lumpur (1998–2000).

The Ecuadorian Investigation

In April 2011, The Pakistani embassy in Argentina unearthed a plan allegedly prepared by the United States and some other countries to arrest Pakistani immigrants and transfer them to the US.[1] In a report submitted to the government, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Argentina Naila Chohan said that it seemed to be an effort to malign Pakistanis. According to the investigation carried out by the Embassy, the arrested Pakistanis were legal settlers living in Ecuador for decades.[2] The investigation found that the arrested Pakistanis were maltreated, beaten and forced to sign some documents, agreeing to “voluntarily return” to their country. In her report, the Pakistani ambassador referred to a meeting with US Ambassador to Argentina and Special Agent of the Homeland at which she raised the issue of 32 Pakistanis detained during a joint operation conducted by the US government and Ecuador.[3]

Family

She is married to Musa Javed Chohan, and has two children, Usman Waqqas Chohan and Ibrahim Abubakr Chohan.

Publications

Chohan, Naela. Implementation: Asia – The National Authority of Pakistan. Chemical Disarmament Quarterly, Volume 5, No. 3, September 2007. [6]

Observer Status with ALADI

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Naela Chohan joined on 19 May, as observer, the Committee of Representatives of the Latin American Integration Association, ALADI.[4] Pakistan, after China (1994), Korea (2004) and Japan (2004), is the fourth Asian country to be incorporated as an observer to the ALADI.[5] Ambassador Carmen Pérez Zilia Mason, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Representatives, welcomed the arrival of Ambassador Chohan, while stressed "its strong interest in issues of integration and the important role (Pakistan) plays in these Latin American countries."[6] In another passage of his speech, Ambassador Perez Mason expressed confidence that "through its presence in our Association as an observer, the Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, ALADI closer relations with your country and the rest the of the Asian continent."[7]

External links

References

  1. ^ Dawn Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US [1]
  2. ^ States Times Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US [2]
  3. ^ Pakistan Daily Times Article – 5 May 2011 Plan unearthed to arrest, transfer immigrants to US [3]
  4. ^ Press Release from the Latin American Integration Association
  5. ^ Press Release from the Latin American Integration Association
  6. ^ Speech of the Chairperson of the Committee of Representatives of the Latin American Integration Association, Carmen Perez Zilia Mason [4]
  7. ^ Speech of the Secretary General of the Latin American Integration Association, Oscar Quina [5]

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