New Pakistan ambassador to UAE will be chosen within weeks
DUBAI // A new Pakistan ambassador could be appointed to the embassy in Abu Dhabi within weeks, according to government officials.
Jamil Ahmed Khan, the previous ambassador, completed his term this month after two and a half years in the capital.
The switchover follows the change in government in Pakistan after last month's elections.
"We are waiting on the new Pakistan government to make their nomination for who they want to take up the position," said an official at the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai. "The papers will then be sent to the UAE for their approval."
The submission process can take up to 20 days once the paperwork has been sent. In the meantime, the day-to-day running of the embassy and contact with the host government is being carried out by the deputy head of mission.
"People who need to use our embassy or consular services should not be concerned about these changes as it will not impact on them or the type of services they receive," the official said.
There are no plans to replace the current consul general, Tariq Iqbal Soomro, who has been in his post for about three years.
Mr Khan was Pakistan's representative in Libya before moving to the UAE.
The career diplomat has also held positions in the United Nations as well as Head of Country in East Timor, Yemen, Somalia and Botswana.
Mr Khan said one of his biggest achievements during his time in the UAE has been increasing the amount of annual foreign remittance to Pakistan from US$1.8 billion to about US$3 billion.