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Pakistan appoints Sohail Mahmood as its new envoy to India: Report

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New Delhi: Amid the ongoing tensions between Indian and Pakistan over the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav and beheading of Indian army troops, Pakistan has approved the appointment of Sohail Mahmood as its next high commissioner to India, say media reports.

Mahmood, who is currently posted as ambassador to Turkey, will replace the incumbent high commissioner to India Abdul Basit this month.

Basit, who completed his three-year term in India, is likely to be appointed as the head of the Foreign Service Academy (FSA) in Islamabad, reports India Today.

Born in 1962, a career diplomat Mahmood holds a masters’ degree in history and international relations. He joined Pakistan foreign service in 1985 and is known for his good command over the Turkish language.

Earlier, he served as Islamabad’s high commissioner to Turkey from 1991-1994 for the first time. He has served in various Pakistan missions abroad, including Washington, New York.

He also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Thailand from 2009-2013.

Interestingly, Mahmood has never served in India before and has not had a active or direct role to play in Islamabad’s New Delhi policy.

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