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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed a 19-member advisory council on foreign affairs to obtain impartial input on the foreign policy. The council, headed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, comprises former ambassadors and foreign secretaries. The members of the council include former ambassadors Salman Basheer, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Muhammad Sadiq, Dr Riffat Hussain, Dr Huma Baqai, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Dr Adil Najam, Dr Rabia Akhter and Qasim Niaz. The minister for law and justice, minister for finance and economic affairs, adviser on commerce, textile, industry and production and investment or their representatives, foreign secretary, director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies, director general of the Foreign Services Academy and additional secretary of foreign affairs will also be ex-officio members of the council. According to a notification issued here on Friday, all members of the council will serve in honorary capacity. The minister for foreign affairs may appoint ad hoc additional council members with expertise and specialisation in different areas, if deemed necessary. The council will be assisted in its work by a secretariat comprising designated officials of the foreign affairs ministry.