Toheed Ahmad is a retired career diplomat, journalist and translator. Besides his mother tongue Punjabi, and other languages of Pakistan, principally Urdu, he is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Persian and Arabic. He has contributed over 150 articles in Urdu and English on subjects of cultural and cross-cultural interest to Pakistani magazines and newspapers. He has also translated three titles from English into Urdu: Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave (Mauj-e-Sivam) Islamabad, 1998; The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus (Sana-e-Himaqat), forthcoming, Islamabad 2009-10; and Comparative Literature (Taqabli Adab) by Susan Bassnett, not yet published. He has edited A Large White Crescent, a volume in English exploring the Pakistani perspective on the ‘Dialogue among Civilizations’ (unpublished); and a collection of articles in Urdu entitled Ittelayaat [Conversation on the Informatics Revolution], Islamabad, 1996. He has spent thirty-six years in the Pakistani Foreign Service (1971-2007), and has served in missions in Paris, Tunis, Hanoi, Brussels, Singapore, San Francisco and Dublin. Currently he is a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Lahore. Born in Lahore, 1947, Toheed Ahmad completed his MA in English at Punjab University, Lahore, in 1969, graduating with top first class honours. He also has a first class diploma in French language Interpreting.