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High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary

File photo: Sohail Mahmood. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 31, 2019, 04.21 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood has been named as the country's new Foreign Secretary, reported Geo News on Sunday.

Speaking to the media in Multan, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that Sohail Mahmood has been appointed foreign secretary after consultation with the prime minister Imran Khan.

Mahmood will replace Tehmina Janjua, who is retiring on April 16 after serving in the position for two years.

Janjua is the first women Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.

Mahmood joined the Pakistani Foreign Service in October of 1985. He has served as Pakistan's envoy to Thailand, Turkey and other postings as a diplomat include United Nations, Washington.

He was appointed as Pakistan's envoy to India in August of 2017 replacing Abdul Basit. 

His tenure will be remembered for the go-ahead given for Kartarpur corridor project by both New Delhi and Islamabad. Calling the Kartarpur Initiative historic he said it, "would be instrumental in further facilitating and fortifying people-to-people bonds." 

During the India Pakistan tensions in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack on February 14, he was called back to Islamabad for consultations. 

Indian envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria in a tweet congratulated Sohail Mahmood and said he will infuse greater positivity & newer ideas to India-Pak ties.

In a tweet, he said, "Congratulations to ace diplomat Sohail Mahmood on his appointment as Pak Foreign Secretary! The India innings will no doubt equip him to infuse greater positivity, newer ideas  to India-Pak ties."

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The term of the foreign secretary of Pakistan is 3 years.