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Abdul Basit retires as Pak envoy to India ahead of term: Report

Retirement was allegedly sought over the appointment of Pakistan's new foreign secretary

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Abdul Basit
Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit speaking during the celebration of the 75th Pakistan Day in New Delhi on March 2015. (File photo: PTI)

Pakistan's High Commissioner to has sought early retirement and his request has been accepted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a media report said on Tuesday.

Basit, who was set to retire from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2018, had "submitted an application to Prime Minister Sharif for his early retirement which was accepted," Geo News reported, citing sources.

The channel did not give any reason for Basit's premature retirement but foreign office sources earlier told PTI that he was unhappy over the appointment of current foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, who is junior to Basit.

Basit joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and held several diplomatic assignments at Pakistani missions abroad.

Prior to his appointment as the High Commissioner to in 2014, Basit had served as Pakistan's Ambassador to from May 2012 till March 2014.

Basit has already completed his three-year tenure in

Sohail Mahmood, the new designated High Commissioner to India, is expected to take up his responsibilities next month, the channel reported.

Mahmood, 55, currently Pakistan's envoy in Turkey, is a career diplomat who joined the Foreign Service in 1985.

First Published: Tue, July 25 2017. 17:45 IST
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