Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, who is Pakistan’s ambassador to Belgium, the EU, and Luxembourg, arrived in the federal capital on Wednesday. As of today, the current foreign secretary, Sohail Mehmood, is leaving his job. He is likely to be the new foreign secretary on Thursday.
The Pakistani ambassador to Italy, Johar Saleem, who is also in the running for the same job, is also said to have arrived in Islamabad from Italy. It could not be proven, though.
Abdul Basit, a former ambassador, told The News on Wednesday that Dr. Asad Majeed’s time in office would be very short because he was set to leave office on August 17, 2023. Asad is a Grade 22 officer who has been an ambassador to both the US and Japan. But there is no official word on the appointment yet, and no notice has been sent out.
Sohail leaves at an interesting time because his job as foreign secretary has been put in jeopardy by Wednesday’s audio leak. In it, former prime minister Imran Khan is said to say that the foreign secretary would be used in what seemed to be a fake plan to cover up the Cybergate scandal.
In addition, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s decision and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s acceptance of his proposal to bring in Asad could also be seen as a vindication of the Foreign Office in light of the Cybergate scandal, in which Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi unfairly dragged this highly regarded diplomat.
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After Shah Mehmood Qureshi kept putting down the Foreign Office, Bilawal and Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar did a number of things to support their team there. Asad has good connections in Washington, which he made while he was ambassador there. He is also active on social media, which is different from many ambassadors.
I hope that Dr. Asad Majeed does well and pray that he does. Things are hard right now. “Let’s hope he can step up to the challenge and make a good contribution,” Basit said. Asad said in a recent interview in Brussels that Pakistan hoped the rest of the world would pay more attention to how Muslims are treated in India.
“Muslims are backed up against the wall. Unfortunately, they are being linked to how Prime Minister Modi treats Pakistan, which makes our relationship with Pakistan even more complicated. On top of Kashmir, we are very worried about how the Muslim minority is treated.
He said that Pakistan would continue to welcome investments and closer ties with all of its important friends and partners from the past. The ambassador also talked about how important Pakistan is on the world stage because it is the fifth most populous country in the world, the second most populous democracy in the Muslim world, and one of the largest states in the Indian Ocean.
“On foreign policy issues, like in a number of other countries, the overall priorities of political parties may differ in some cases, but the big picture of our foreign policy priorities hasn’t changed in the last 75 years,” he said.
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