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Salman Bashir is new Pak envoy to India

Islamabad: Pakistan government has appointed former-foreign secretary Salman Bashir as new envoy to India on Saturday evening.

60-year-old Bashir will succeed Shahid Malik, who has completed a record five-and-a-half-year stint as Pak envoy, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ahmed Khan announced today.

Bashir’s nomination has been cleared by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. His appointment has formally been accepted by the government of India.

Salman Bashir served as the foreign secretary of Pakistan from April, 2008 to March, 2012.

Before being appointed as foreign secretary, Bashir was the Pakistan Ambassador to China and Mongolia from 2005 to 2008. Jalil Abbas Jilani is the incumbent Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.

Bashir had travelled to New Delhi when Pak President Asif Ali Zardari made a day-long private visit to India on April 8.

The former Pakistan Foreign Secretary has been part of the Indo-Pak dialogue process following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

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