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- Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister and President Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has appointed Javed Malik, as his advisor on foreign relations & overseas Pakistani affairs.


Javed Malik will be advising and assisting former prime minister on matters relating to foreign affairs, overseas Pakistanis and international media relations. This is likely to give a strong boost to the party’s international presence and is also a signal that the party intends to reach out to the overseas Pakistanis.


Malik has a strong presence on the international level and has worked tirelessly for building diplomatic support for Pakistan, and his addition to PML-N’s foreign affairs team is likely to add value to its global appeal.


Expressing confidence in the leadership of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Javed Malik said, “In the current situation I believe Nawaz Sharif is the only honest, patriotic and experienced leader who can take Pakistan out of the challenges that it faces, and put it on the road to recovery”.


Javed Malik was seen as one of the active and effective Ambassadors at Large who worked for Pakistan without any expectation for rewards, and despite his entitlement, he refused to receive any salary or perks from government of Pakistan.


This had earned him respect within the Foreign Office officials who saw him as a balanced and patriotic Pakistani. His efforts were focused on building diplomatic support for Pakistan and reaching out to the Overseas Pakistanis and he established the Pakistan International Council.


He was also involved in the formation stages of Friends of Democratic Pakistan and represented Pakistan in both official level and experts level meetings that took place in UAE and was attended by 37 member states. Being resident in UAE he played a significant role in expanding the friendly relations between UAE and Pakistan.