MAJOR GENERAL AKHTAR JAMIL RAO, HI (M), (RETD)
Ambassador Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Retd) is serving as Pakistan’s Envoy to Bosnia & Herzegovina since 2021. He is also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Croatia.
As Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bosnia & Herzegovina, Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao, Hilal-i- Imtiaz (Military) (Retd) has also represented the country at important regional conferences including Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) as well as Sarajevo Migration Dialogue.
Ambassador Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Retd) has an illustrious military career to his credit. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1984. Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao retired from Pakistan Army in 2019 after having served the country for 35 years. During his military career, General Rao had diversified command, staff and instructional experience. Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao’s staff assignments included Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, General Staff Officer Grade-I (Operations) and Director General Engineers. He commanded an Engineer Battalion, an Engineer Brigade and an Engineer Division. Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao has also served as the Surveyor General of Pakistan. His instructional assignments include Directing Staff at Command and Staff College Quetta and Directing Staff at National Defence University Islamabad.
Ambassador Rao’s areas of specialization in the field of snategic affairs and diplomacy include inter alia Geostrategic policy making, military diplomacy, South Asia, Western Balkans especially Bosnia & Herzegovina and issues related to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the tribal districts of Pakistan.
Ambassador Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Retd) is a gmduate of Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Command & Staff College Quetta, National Defence University Islamabad and National Defence College Bangladesh. He has also done International Border Interdiction Training Course from United States of America and Managing Defence in Wider Security Context Course conducted by United Kingdom at Nepal. He has also attended International Symposium Course at National Defence University, China. Ambassador Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Retd) holds Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degrees in War Studies as well as Art & Science of Warfare.
Ambassador Maj Gen Akhtar Jamil Rao speaks fluent English, Urdu and Punjabi.
Ambassador Rao plays golf and enjoys travelling and reading. He is happily married to Brig Dr. Ayesha Mazhar (Retd) and has four daughters.