Kashmiri Leader Tipped To Be Next Pak Envoy in US

WASHINGTON: Sardar Masood Khan, former President of Pakistani part of Kashmir is likely to be appointed as next ambassador of Pakistan in Washington.

Pakistan may soon send a new envoy to Washington as the country’s current ambassador, Asad Majeed Khan, will soon complete his tenure, Dawn quoting diplomatic sources reported on Thursday.

The reports say that Islamabad has already started the selection process and the 27th president of Pakistan controlled Kashmir tops the list of candidates.

"It is interesting to note that someone who as president has held the highest political office in AJK, now plans to accept the post of ambassador to Washington", Dawn said.

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

Masood Khan is a retired diplomat who twice served as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and New York and as ambassador to China. After retirement, he headed the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad before returning to his native Kashmir as president.

Diplomatic observers in Washington point out that his nomination “would send a strong signal to Washington, that Pakistan now wants to highlight the Kashmir issue”, according to the Dawn report.

Significantly the change takes place soon after Kabul’s fall to the Taliban on Aug 15.

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