New foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood assumes office

ISLAMABAD, April 17 (INP): Sohail Mahmood took over his duty as the new Foreign Secretary of Pakistan on Wednesday.

After assuming his office, the foreign secretary met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, according to Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal.

Pakistan’s new Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood on Wednesday called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to discuss contours of the foreign policy.

The minister congratulated the secretary for assuming charge of his office. Qureshi said Sohail Mehmood is a seasoned and experienced diplomat with a long experience of serving at important positions including as the high commissioner to India. Sohail Mehmood in his remarks said that he will make utmost efforts to perform his duties to the best of his capabilities. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood replaced top diplomat Tehmina Janjua who retired on April 16. He was among the top contenders for the post since the start of the year. FM Qureshi had made the announcement about Mahmood’s appointment during media talk in Multan last month. He said the decision was taken following discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan. He expressed gratitude to the outgoing foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua saying he had learnt a lot from her experience. Lauding Janjua, the foreign minister said she was a brave and courageous woman and dealt with the challenges in an excellent manner. FM Qureshi also lauded Mahmood saying he benefited from his experience when the latter came to the headquarters from New Delhi for consultations in the wake of the Feb 14 incident of Pulwama attack. He hoped that Mahmood will fulfill his responsibilities as foreign secretary. INP/LK