Sohail Mahmood, the current High Commissioner of Pakistan to India is scheduled to take charge as the next Foreign Secretary in Islamabad, diplomatic sources confirmed on Sunday. The confirmation came hours after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced the appointment during an interaction with the media in Multan.
Mr. Mahmood who was called home for consultation amidst escalating tensions between Delhi and Islamabad, following the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strike has served an eventful tenure as envoy to New Delhi.
As per the latest information, he is expected to take charge in the middle of April. He will succeed Tehmina Janjua who will retire in April.
Following his return from Pakistan last month, Mr. Mahmood celebrated the National Day of Pakistan on the High Commission premises on 22 March and spoke about the urgent need to deescalate tension. Mr. Mahmood succeeded Abdul Basit as the High Commissioner to India in 2017.