Saturday, April 28, 2012

Brief Profile: Jamsheed Marker

Jumbo Editorial Team

Jamsheed Marker holds the distinction of being an ambassador to more countries than any other person, a fact duly acknowledged in the Guinness Book of Records.

He served as Ambassador of Pakistan continually for 30 years, in 10 different capitals, and nine further concurrent accreditation. Ghana was his first posting and then he represented Pakistan in Romania, Bulgaria, USSR, Finland, Canada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, East Germany, Iceland, Japan, West Germany, France, the United States and finally the United Nations in New York City.  

He was appointed as ambassador-at-large for his years of service in September 2004 while he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Forman Christian College University, Lahore, in June 2011.

His autobiography ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ was published by Oxford University Press. Jamsheed Marker was a household name in Pakistan because of his cricket commentary, which he had to abandon to take up the diplomatic career in 1965.

Prior to that he formed a formidable duo with Omar Kureishi and their voice was considered synonymous with cricket. They ruled the hearts of the people with their artistry.

Having quietly celebrated his 89th birthday last year, he has kept himself occupied in scholastic activities. He lives in the house of his ancestors, located in Bath Island, Karachi, which was constructed by his grandfather in 1865.  

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