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2022-02-05 17:28:00

Ex-AJK president Sardar Masood Khan. — Twitter/File

WASHINGTON: America authorities has issued the agrément for the appointment of Sardar Masood Khan as Pakistan’s envoy in Washington, reported Geo Information on Saturday.

The agrément, which was issued by the State Division, will now enable Masood to change incumbent Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan. The agrément, in diplomacy, is an settlement to obtain and facilitate members of a rustic’s diplomatic mission. 

Masood’s agrément was despatched by the International Workplace in November after Prime Minister Imran Khan nominated him as ambassador to the US.

Whereas usually it takes a number of weeks for US State Division to course of an agrément, eyebrows have been being raised after the delay in issuance of the paperwork was dragged on and there was no signal from the State Division about its choice.

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On the similar time on January 27, US Congressman Scot Perry had penned a letter to President Joe Biden which was consequently leaked to chosen Indian media individuals. It was a harsh letter filled with venom in opposition to Masood and was picked up by the Indian media which ran stories that Washington had blocked the appointment.

Nonetheless, a report, revealed in The Information, said that Islamabad was glad with the conventional bureaucratic course of. The International Workplace spokesperson mentioned there was no fact in Indian media stories that the method was blocked by Washington.

“Ambassador Masood Khan is a highly accomplished diplomat with 40 years of experience in both multilateral and bilateral diplomacy. His agre’ment is being processed in the US system”, the spokesperson had mentioned.

Masood Khan’s profile 

Masood Khan was appointed as the twenty seventh president of Azad Kashmir by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016. He was changed by PTI’s Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary following the AJK elections in August 2021.

He’s a profession diplomat who has served the Ministry of International Affairs in completely different capacities since 1980, earlier than elevation as the AJK president.

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A vocal and robust advocate of Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan, Masood successfully highlighted the sufferings of the oppressed Kashmiris that warrant an efficient technique to finish the endless holocaust.

The previous AJK president additionally served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of International Affairs from August 2003 to March 2005, earlier than changing into Pakistan’s Ambassador and Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations and Worldwide Organisations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2005 to 2008.

He was additionally Pakistan’s Ambassador to China between September 2008 and September 2012 and Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations, New York, between October 11, 2012 and February 7, 2015.

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