Moeed Yusuf ‘favourite candidate’ for high commissioner to India’s slot


Islamabad – Staff Reporter:

In the wake of the possible restoration of ties between India and Pakistan, the National Security Adviser, Moeed Yusuf, has been named as the favourite candidate for the slot of the country’s new high commissioner to India, on Thursday.

It is most likely that a non-career diplomat could be posted in the Indian capital. Yusuf could be the first non-career envoy to be posted in New Delhi.

Yusuf, is a national security expert and has currently been serving as Adviser to the PM on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, since December 24, 2019.

Pakistan’s outgoing high commissioner in Canada Raza Bashir Tarrar and Ambassador in Turkey, Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi, could be considered for the office if a career diplomat is posted in New Delhi.

Both countries downgraded their diplomatic ties in August 2019, when India changed the status of occupied Kashmir.

Since then, Islamabad didn’t send its high commissioner. Foreign Secretary, Sohail Mahmood, had vacated the post earlier in April, while Indian high commissioner, Ajay Basaria, was first recalled by New Delhi and later made ambassador in Spain.

Yusuf holds extensive experience in international relations.

Before joining the government, he was the Associate Vice President for Asia at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, and previously a Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the study of the Longer-Range Future at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

The premier’s aide is concurrently a Research Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.