Islamabad: Top Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani on Sunday assumed charge as Pakistan`s Foreign Secretary,
replacing Salman Bashir on his retirement.
Bashir, who served as Foreign Secretary from May 2008 to
March 2012, has been named Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to
India and is expected to take up the post next month.
Jilani, who was expelled by India in 2003 after being
accused of funnelling funds to Kashmiri separatists, joined
the Foreign Service in 1979.
He has served at Pakistan missions in Jeddah, London,
Washington and New Delhi.
He was Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Australia and his
last diplomatic assignment was as Ambassador to Belgium,
Luxembourg and the European Union. He also did a stint as the
Foreign Ministry`s spokesman in 2005.
Born on February 2, 1955 in Multan, Jilani has a
bachelor`s degree in law and MSc in defence and strategic
He is also a cousin of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Jilani is fluent in French, Arabic, Seraiki, Punjabi and
He belongs to a distinguished family of Multan and his
father, Azhar Hussain Jilani, was a Pakistan Civil Service
officer while his elder brother, Asghar Hussain Jilani, served
as Chief Secretary of Punjab province.