The federal government has determined to nominate present Overseas Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani as Pakistan’s Ambassador to america, officers stated on Wednesday.
The important thing diplomatic publish has been vacant since Sherry Rehman resigned as Pakistan’s envoy in Washington following her occasion’s defeat within the Could 11 parliamentary elections. After a delay of over 4 months, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lastly picked veteran diplomat Jilani for the vital diplomatic task.
Though the federal government has not but made any official announcement, a international workplace official confirmed the event.
Jilani, 58, joined the Overseas Service in 1979 and is very regarded by his colleagues as an expert diplomat. He’s profession diplomat and served on a number of vital positions earlier than being appointed because the international secretary in March 2012.
Previous to his appointment as international secretary, Jilani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Belgium, and the European Union (EU). He additionally served within the US, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Australia and remained a Overseas Workplace spokesman.
Jilani was additionally the deputy excessive commissioner in New Delhi in 2003, when the Indian authorities declared him persona non grata after accusing him of funneling funds for separatist actions in Jammu and Kashmir.
A western diplomat described Jilani as a ‘really skilled diplomat’ who has broad understanding of vital regional and worldwide points.
Jilani was believed to be a robust advocate of reaching out to regional international locations reminiscent of Russia, Iran and China. He was reportedly additionally in favour of pursuing the multi-billion greenback Iran-Pakistan gasoline pipeline challenge regardless of sturdy opposition by the US.
The place of ambassador to US is taken into account essential, notably at a time when Islamabad and Washington are exploring methods to work intently to make sure a clean transition in Afghanistan.
Sources stated Jilani is predicted to journey to Washington forward of the vital go to by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the US later this month.
In addition they stated Pakistan’s present ambassador to Germany Abdul Basit is more likely to be appointed as the brand new international secretary.
Basit, who beforehand served as extra secretary Europe and international ministry spokesperson, can be thought to be competent diplomat.