Pakistan government has announced the appointment of former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir as new envoy to India. Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan said Salman Bashir will replace Shahid Malik, who is currently Pakistan’s envoy to India. Shahid Malik has completed a record five and half years stint as Pak envoy.
60 years old Bashir served as the India’s foreign secretary from April 2008 to March 2012. He will reach New Delhi within a month. His nomination has been cleared by Pakistani Prime Minster Yusuf Raza Gilani and the government of India has formally accepted the appointment.
Salman Bashir told, “We need to move on all tracks. We will do what is required to bring about a qualitative change. I look forward to being in Delhi and enhancing relations comprehensively and identifying opportunities.” He has been part of the Indo-Pak dialogue process following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Bashir also served as the Ambassador to Lithuania, Mongolia, China and Denmark. He had travelled to New Delhi when President Asif Ali Zardari made a day-long private visit to the country on April 8, 2012. During the visit, Zardari had met PM Manmohan Singh and offered prayers at Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.