Pakistan is considering appointing a new envoy to the US

Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan's envoy to Geneva.  - AFP/File
Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s envoy to Geneva. – AFP/File
  • Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif sought a summary for the appointment of a new envoy.
  • The recall of Ambassador Masood Khan was discussed.
  • Decision possible after the return of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto from Japan.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s envoy to Geneva Khalil Hashmi has emerged as a strong candidate to replace Masood Khan as the country’s ambassador in Washington.that news The information was given on Tuesday.

According to the publication, the coalition government is considering appointing a new envoy to the US as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sought a summary of proposed candidates to replace Khan.

Quoting sources, the report said the government was deliberating on recalling Ambassador Khan and after the process was completed, a summary of the proposed names was sought from the Ministry of External Affairs.

A decision in this regard will probably be taken after the return of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is currently on a visit to Japan.

Profile of Masood Khan

Washington released the agreement to appoint Sardar Masood Khan as ambassador to the US in February 2022, months after former Prime Minister Imran Khan nominated the diplomat for the post.

Before being promoted as AJK president in 2016 by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, Khan had served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various positions since 1980.

A vocal and strong supporter of Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan, Masood effectively highlighted the sufferings of the oppressed Kashmiris, the need for an effective strategy to end the never-ending genocide.

He also served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs from August 2003 to March 2005, before becoming Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2005 to 2008.

He was also Pakistan’s Ambassador to China between September 2008 and September 2012 and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York, between 11 October 2012 and 7 February 2015.

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