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Sohail Mahmood to be Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India

India TV News Desk Islamabad 08 May 2017, 19:13:39 IST
India TV News Desk

Senior Pakistan Foreign Service Officer Sohail Mahmood will be Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India.

He will succeed Abdul Basit.

News agency IANS, quoting sources, said that said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad issued visa to Mahmood on last  Friday.

Mahmood (55), now Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey, will take charge at the end of this month, Foreign Office sources said.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and is one of the senior most officers of the Pakistan Foreign Service. He is not known to have dealt with India in the Foreign Office earlier.

Mahmood, who has served in Pakistani missions in Washington, New York,

Ankara and Bangkok, holds a Masters degrees in History and International Relations.

Mahmood will take charge at a time when India-Pakistan ties are at a new low following the mutilation of two Indian soldiers blamed on the Pakistan Army and the death penalty to India "spy" Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Basit, who had a turbulent tenure in New Delhi, was appointed Pakistan's envoy to India in 2014. 

He suffered a major disappointment earlier this year when Tehmina Janjua, a junior in foreign service, was named Pakistan's Foreign Secretary.

( with inputs from IANS)