Prime Minister Selected of 18 Ambassadors

ISLAMABAD: The govt on Monday selected Moeen-ul-Haq like high commissioner to India. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi publicized the appointment of 18 ambassadors and consuls common, such as 5 females officers and 2 retired generals. “Today I met Prime Minister Imran Khan and after a definite conversation he gave approval for the new appointments keeping in see new troubles,” Mr. Qureshi said to mass media.

The foreign minister expressed the hope that the newly-appointed envoys would play a pivotal task in advertising the soft picture of Pakistan and work the Pakistanis living overseas. He declared reshuffling and appointments of ambassadors have been due for a long time. “Those who were selected on Monday will perform their duties with the perfect of their abilities and will help develop trade, investment and Pakistan’s picture in the world .”

Talking about the appointment of Moeen-ul-Haq as high commissioner in New Delhi, Mr. Qureshi declared it was important publishing like the election process in India was almost over and a new engagement between Islamabad and New Delhi could be begun. The term of Mr. Haq, who is presently published as ambassador to France, has been linked with the installation of the following government in India. The position in Delhi had fallen vacant after high commissioner Sohail Mahmood was elevated as foreign secretary.

Naghmana Hashmi, presently serving as ambassador in Brussels, has been published as ambassador in Beijing. She would exchange Masood Khalid, who had retired and was on contract. Additional secretary for Europe Division at the Foreign Office Zaheer Janjua, who had been earlier recalled from Moscow, has been appointed as ambassador in Brussels, which is also the seat of EU headquarters. Deputy chief of vision in Tehran Imran Haider has been appointed as ambassador in Dushanbe.

Retired Maj Gen Abdul Aziz Tariq and Maj Gen Mohammad Khalid Rao have been selected as envoys to Brunei and Bosnia Herzegovina respectively. Special Secretary for Asia-Pacific Imtiaz Ahmed has been designated as ambassador to Japan. The position in Tokyo had been lying vacant since Asad Majeed was moved to Washington like an ambassador in the past posting cycle in October last year.

Additional Secretary FM’s Office Amina Baloch has been appointed as ambassador to Malaysia, Javed Khattak as ambassador to Portugal, Saqlain Sayeda as high commissioner to Kenya, Rukhsana Afzal as ambassador to Singapore, Khalid Jamali as ambassador to the Czech Republic, and Ata-ul-Munim as ambassador to Algeria. Ghulam Dastagir, who is presently in Kuwait as the ambassador there, have been shifted and posted as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. The incumbent in Abu Dhabi, Moazzam Khan, has been posted as a special secretary at the Foreign Office headquarters.

Ambassador in Moscow Qazi Khalilullah, who has retired from service on attaining the age of superannuation, has been given an extension for 6 months. Khalid Majeed has been selected as consul general in Jeddah, and Ayesha Abbas Khan in New York. Baqir Sajjad Syed also contributed to this report.

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