ISLAMABAD: The Overseas Workplace has pressed forward with the appointment of Major General (retd) Saad Khattak as new Excessive Commissioner to Sri Lanka regardless of earlier reviews suggesting that the Prime Minister had put his nomination on maintain after objections from sure cupboard members.
A Overseas Workplace supply advised The News Observers that Khattak’s agrément, a proper request to the host nation for its consent, has not been withdrawn.
The announcement relating to the appointment of Khattak was made on September 30 by the Overseas Workplace as a part of a number of recent overseas postings. Nevertheless, the following day throughout a cupboard assembly, some ministers reportedly raised objections over his appointment and subsequently the prime minister reportedly cancelled it.
Apparently, regardless of that call, the Overseas Workplace went forward with the method of his appointment by formally requesting the Sri Lankan authorities to offer consent to his appointment within the first week of October.
“Until date the agrément has not been withdrawn, that means that his appointment stays intact,” mentioned a Overseas Workplace official with the direct data of the event.
The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned the Sri Lankan authorities may give its consent anytime. However given the upcoming Sri Lankan presidential elections, Colombo, is prone to take a call as soon as the polls are over.
Though Pakistan can nonetheless withdraw its nomination, it’s uncommon to take action when the method is already in a complicated stage.
Khattak’s appointment was a part of the 20 per cent quota allotted to non-career ambassadors of which a major quantity is reserved for retired navy officers.
Historically, ambassadorial posts in Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Brunei, Bosnia Nigeria, Mauritius, the Maldives, and Jordan go to retired navy officers.
When contacted, Overseas Workplace spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal confirmed that the appointment of Khattak as Excessive Commissioner to Sri Lanka was underneath course of as per plan.
With out commenting on earlier reviews that his nomination was rejected by the prime minister, the spokesperson mentioned there was no change within the announcement made by the Overseas Workplace on September 30 relating to the appointment of Khattak as envoy to Colombo.