Sohail Mahmood likely to replace Abdul Basit as Pak envoy to India

Sohail Mahmood likely to replace Abdul Basit as Pak envoy to India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is likely to appoint career diplomat Sohail Mahmood as its new high commissioner to India in place of Abdul Basit, diplomatic sources said here.
Mahmood is currently posted as ambassador to Turkey and is expected to arrive in Islamabad next week.
“His appointment to India will be announced once it is formally approved by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has also the additional charge of foreign minister,” sources in the Foreign Office said.
Mahmood would take responsibilities as High Commissioner from early next month if all went according to the plan, according to the sources.
Mahmood will replace Basit who has already completed his three-year tenure in New Delhi.
Basit is likely to be appointed as head of Foreign Service Academy (FSA) in Islamabad.

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