United Nations Secretary-General Appoints Faisal Shahkar of Pakistan United Nations Police Adviser in Department of Peace Operations
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Faisal Shahkar of Pakistan as the United Nations Police Adviser in the Department of Peace Operations. Mr. Shahkar succeeds Luis Carrilho of Portugal who recently completed his assignment and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his exemplary leadership.
Mr. Shahkar brings to the position more than 30 years of national and international experience. He currently serves as Inspector General of Police in Pakistan. He has also served in several senior positions with the Pakistan Police, including as Additional Inspector of Police in the Punjab (2015-2018), as well as Regional Police Chief (2014-15).
Mr. Shahkar has more than nine years of experience with the United Nations at Headquarters and the field, where he most recently served as Team Leader within the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (2020-2021). He further served with the Department of Peace Operations’ Police Division, backstopping field operations (2011-2013 and 2005-2008), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (2004-2005) and the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) (2000-2002).
Mr. Shahkar is a graduate of the University of London, United Kingdom with a master’s degree in law. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He is fluent in English and Urdu.