Honorary Ambassador of Vishwamitra in Pakistan

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Honorary Ambassador of Vishwamitra in Pakistan
पाकिस्तान में विश्वामित्र के मानद राजदूत
پاکستان میں وشوامتر کے اعزازی سفیر
Incumbent
Arsal Abbas Mirza

since 23 December 2020
(honorary since 8 May 2023)
Ministry of External Affairs
StyleHis/Her Excellency (international correspondence)
NominatorMinister of External Affairs
AppointerRashtradhyaksh (as Chief Ambassador)
Term lengthOn the pleasure of the Rashtradhyaksh
Inaugural holderArsal Abbas Mirza
Formation23 December 2020

The Honorary Ambassador of Vishwamitra in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Hindi: पाकिस्तान में विश्वामित्र के मानद राजदूत‎, Urdu: پاکستان میں وشوامتر کے اعزازی سفیر‎) is an officer of the honorary diplomatic corps of Vishwamitra who serves as the head of the honorary diplomatic mission of Vishwamitra in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The diplomat holds the rank of an Honorary Ambassador who is appointed by the Rashtradhyaksh and remains in office at the pleasure of the Rashtradhyaksh and during their tenure in office, they represent the crown and the government of Vishwamitra in Pakistan and is responsible to cater the interests of the non-residential (overseas) citizens of Vishwamitra residing in Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin.

As the recognition of Pakistan by Vishwamitra is not reciprocated and not bilateral, Vishwamitra maintains an honorary embassy in the country as compared to a full-fledged mission which are, in contrary, only accredited to mutually recognized nations (the micronations).

History

Flag of Pakistan

The position of the ambassador was first created on 23 December 2020 along with the creation of a full-fledged mission. The first ambassador and current ambassador is Arsal Abbas Mirza who has been in office as one of the longest-serving ambassadors of the nation. During his tenure, he has also served as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

In a cabinet decision, the regular diplomatic missions accredited to macronations which are unilaterally recognized by Vishwamitra were reorganized to honorary status on 8 May 2023. Thereupon, the status of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Pakistan was changed to the position of that of an Honorary Ambassador. Mirza has since continued to serve as honorary ambassador in Pakistan.

Responsibilities

The honorary ambassador serves as the principal representative of the crown of Vishwamitra and the government in Pakistan and is responsible to cater the interests of the non-residential (overseas) citizens of Vishwamitra residing in Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin. The ambassador is also responsible to present the policies of the government of Vishwamitra to the citizens and report the policies of the Pakistani government to the Vishwamitran government and the crown. The ambassador also oversees the diplomatic activity and is often responsible for overseeing the trade and cultural relations between Vishwamitra and Pakistan.

The honorary ambassador is also assisted by a team of junior diplomats who are titled as honorary consuls-general. The honorary consuls-general are appointed to the various provinces and territories of Pakistan. They represent the crown and government of Vishwamitra only at the jurisdictional level while the ambassador is responsible for the affairs in the whole nation. As of 2023, only one honorary consul has been appointed:

List of ambassadors

As of date, only one individual has dignified the office of the ambassador. The first and current office-holder is Arsal Abbas Mirza who has been in office since the inception of the mission on 23 December 2020. Mirza has also subsequently served as the dean of the diplomatic corps between December 2021 and December 2022.

No. Portrait Name
(born-died)
Tenure Appointer Notes
Term began Term end Term length
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
1 Raj Vibhushan Tan Sri Dato Utama
Arsal Abbas Mirza

(born 2006)
23 December
2020
8 May
2023
2 years, 136 days Varuna Sriraya
(Rashtradhyaksh)
Appointed as the inaugural ambassador upon the creation of the mission on 23 December 2020. Served as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps between December 2021 and December 2022. Appointed as privy councilor in April 2022 and later appointed to the union council of ministers. Served as Minister of State for External Affairs between July and November 2022. Later appointed as Minister of Finance and Minister of Law and Justice. Continued to serve in office upon the changes to the status of the office in May 2023.
Honorary Ambassador in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
(1) Raj Vibhushan Tan Sri Dato Sri Utama
Arsal Abbas Mirza

(born 2006)
8 May
2023
Incumbent 1 year, 20 days Varuna Sriraya
(Rashtradhyaksh)
Appointed as the first honorary ambassador in Pakistan upon the initiation of changes to the position in May 2023. Currently serving in office.

See also