Sohail Mamood is all set to take as Pak’s new high commissioner

August 29, 2017 05:53 AM
Pakistani diplomat Sohail Mahmood

Chandigarh, August 29: Pakistani diplomat Sohail Mahmood is all set to take charge as the new high commissioner to India. Mahmood is currently awaiting an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind to present his credentials.

India is hoping that Mahmood will not be as hawkish as his predecessor Abdul Basit was on bilateral issues.

Interestingly, news reports indicated Mahmood met Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui here last week. The meeting assumes significance in the light of the upcoming Brics Summit, where India may try to corner Islamabad on the issue of terrorism, and also the Sino-Indian Doklam standoff.

Days before his departure, Basit too had met Luo as well as Bhutan ambassador Vetsop Namgyel to take stock of the sit uation at Doklam. Pakistani officials have not said anything on record on these meetings, which Basit had here on the Doklam issue. Pakistan is said to be in touch with Chinese officials over the Brics Summit to be held early next month in Xiamen, China. At the last Brics Summit in Goa, China had stalled any mention of India specific terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in the joint declaration.

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