Islamabad: Pakistan government has appointed former foreign secretary Salman Bashir as new envoy to India.
60-year-old Bashir will succeed Shahid Malik, who has completed a record five-and-a-half-year term as Pak envoy.
Bashir`s nomination has been cleared by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. His appointment has formally been accepted by the government of India.
Salman Bashir served as the foreign secretary of Pakistan from April, 2008 to March, 2012.
Before being appointed as foreign secretary, Bashir was the Pakistan Ambassador to China and Mongolia from 2005 to 2008.
Bashir had travelled to New Delhi when Pak President Asif Ali Zardari made a day-long private visit to India on April 8.
He was part of the Indo-Pak dialogue process following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.