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Mrs. Shaista Sohail (PAS) joined government service in 1986. She was Lecturer in Economics, Government College for Women Okara prior to joining as Assistant Commissioner, Karachi South after securing 19th position in CSS examination 1985. She served, in the Chief Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees, Ministries of Women Development & Tourism, Sports and Culture, Director Land CDA, Deputy Secretary Commerce (WTO), Economic Counsellor to WTO, Geneva, Joint Secretary Policy & Planning, Ministry of Industries, Member Estate, CDA, Joint Secretary Debt Management Japan, Economic Affairs Division, Additional Secretary to the President of Pakistan and as Special Secretary Cabinet Division.

She belongs to Pakistan Administrative Service and holds an M.A in Economics from Punjab University, Lahore, 1984 and a Doctorate in IR from Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland, 2007. She received, ‘Best Contributor’ award in the “Service Export Net Meeting’ of 30 plus countries organized by ITC, Geneva in Chamonix, France, October 2007. She was the Treasurer of DMG Association of Pakistan in 2003-04. She was elected President of the students union of Lahore College for Women 1981, Head Girl Cathedral School, Hall Road, Lahore, 1977.