Najmuddin Shaikh (born 1939) is a former Pakistani diplomat who stayed as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from 1994 to 1997. He currently writes a weekly column for Daily Times every Fridays.Shaikh, from Sindh province, joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1961. He is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1962). During his 38 years of service, he served as Pakistan's ambassador to Canada (1987-1989), ambassador to West Germany (1989-1990), ambassador to the United States (1990-1991) and ambassador to Iran (1992-1994).
He was then served as Foreign Secretary from 1994 to 1997 after being replaced by Shamshad Ahmad. His wife, Raana Shaikh, has served as the Managing Director of Pakistan Television, and earlier as Secretary for the Ministry of Culture.He has also served as Pakistan's special envoy to Yemen, Sudan, Kenya and Bahrain (February 2005). Shaikh is formerly a member of the board of governors of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad and senior vice president of the Karachi Council of Foreign Relations. He used to write a weekly column on foreign affairs for the Dawn and now writes for Daily Times.