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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Pak in looking for new envoy to India

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 17 June, ( Pakistan is sorting out several names for the slot of new High Commissioner to India to replace Aziz Ahmed Khan whose extended term expires in August this year.

The Foreign Office is currently preparing a list of in-service diplomats who qualify to fill the high-profile slot. Informed sources said names of four career diplomats are being considered for the key diplomatic posting.

The four officials likely to be short listed are: Additional Secretary Zamir Akram who is currently serving at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat; Shahid Malik, High Commissioner to Canada; Kamran Niaz, ambassador to Japan; and Asif Eizdi, ambassador to Germany. While Eizdi is the senior-most diplomat, Akram, who previously served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Nepal and Shahid Malik are said to be strong candidates in the run.

Zamir Akram is the younger brother of Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN in New York. Another probable candidate is Jalil Abbas Jilani who has served as director-general South Asia Division at the Foreign Ministry for three years.

He was later given additional charge of Foreign Office spokesperson. Jilani has recently completed the mandatory 10-month course at the National Defence College Islamabad.

He has worked at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi as the Deputy High Commissioner and later became the Acting High Commissioner. At the ministry he has also served as ‘director India’.

The Foreign Office will be dispatching the list of nominees to the PM’s Secretariat and the Presidency soon, officials here said. The final decision will be taken by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and approved by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

- Asian Tribune -

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