Basit Set to be Pak New Foreign Secy
Islamabad: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit is set to become the country's new foreign secretary, media reports said here on Sunday. The Nawaz Sharif government has “in principle” decided to appoint Basit as the country's new foreign secretary, replacing Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry who has been designated as Pakistan's ambassador to the US, The News reported. Prime Minister Sharif, who is also retaining the portfolio of the Foreign Affairs, has concluded consultations for appointing new administrative head of the Foreign Office, the daily said.
It is likely that the announcement pertaining to the appointment of Basit would be made next week, the report said. Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN Geneva headquarters Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan's former Chief of Protocol and Ambassador to France Ghalib Iqbal, country's ambassador for Denmark Masroor Junejo and Pakistan's High Commissioner for UK Syed Ibne Hasan were the other contenders for the post. Pakistan will take the decision about new High Commissioner in India after Basit's return.—