ISLAMABAD: Distinguished diplomat Dr. Tanvir Ahmed Khan passed away in Islamabad on Saturday. He was suffering from cancer and currently was under treatment in a private hospital. He was 81 year old. Dr. Khan, was born in 1932 in district Hoshiarpura which is now in Indian now. In the time of partition his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Lahore. Khan graduated from Government College Lahore and then proceeded to Brasenose College in University of Oxford for higher studies. He obtained a degree in English literature from Oxford University. Dr Khan joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1974 and held various positions during his brilliant diplomatic career. He became the 19th foreign secretary in 1989-90 during first stint of Benazir Bhutto as Prime Minister. Dr. Khan also served as federal information secretary twice. He retired from service in 1990. Dr. Khan also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to, France, Iran, Russia, Bangladesh and Czechoslovakia. After his retirement, he served as chairman and director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. He remained an active and regular contributor in major newspapers and journals of the country. His funeral will be held at H-8 graveyard Islamabad on Sunday.