Ba­sit Set to be Pak New For­eign Secy

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.—

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