Former AJK President Masood Khan named ambassador to US

12:26 PM | 4 Nov, 2021
Former AJK President Masood Khan named ambassador to US
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has decided to appoint former Azad Jammu and Kashmir president, Masood Khan, as new envoy to the United States, local media reported.

Reports cited that the former Kashmiri diplomat would replace Dr. Asad Majeed Khan – who is the head of the country’s mission to Washington for the last two years.

A summary in this regard has been finalized and if confirmed, Khan would replace Asad Majeed whose term will expire in January 2022. The incumbent authorities reportedly decided not to extend Asad Majeed’s tenure.

PM Office will make a formal announcement about the selection of Masood later this week. Meanwhile, a Foreign Office spokesperson said there was no confirmation of the development yet.

The government reportedly opted to appoint a retired representative instead of sending someone who is already in the Foreign Service for the challenging diplomatic assignment.

Masood, who joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1980, became the AJK president has been advancing the case for the longstanding Kashmir dispute with India. He has vast experience in multilateral diplomacy and has been a frequent negotiator for the South Asian country.

He also served as the ambassador to China as well as a permanent representative to the UN and remained a representative of the Foreign Office.

Meanwhile, Khan is getting the coveted post at a time when Pakistan and the US are facing an uncertain future as there is no clarity about the relationship between the two sides since Taliban takeover.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden nominated a new ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Armin Blome, an expert on Middle East affairs. He is currently the US ambassador to Tunisia.

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