Pakistan Appoints Moin-ul-Haque As High Commissioner to India

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on Monday that Pakistan has decided to send its 1987 batch foreign service officer, Moin ul Haque, as the High Commissioner to New Delhi.

The announcement was made via a video clip almost a month after former high commissioner Sohail Mahmood went back to Islamabad to take charge as Pakistan’s foreign secretary.

Haque, 56, presently serves as Pakistan’s ambassador to France, additionally handling Monaco and UNESCO since 2017.

After the Pulwama terror attack in February, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, India’s consistent demand has been immediate, verifiable and irreversible action against the perpetrators of the dastardly terror attack from Pakistan.

After the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee, Pakistan has ostensibly taken some steps to implement the listing requirements — like freezing of assets and imposing travel ban. However, going by past experiences, India would be in no hurry to initiate fresh engagements as suggested by Qureshi.

About Moin-ul-Haque :

  • He has served as Pakistan’s consul general in Vancouver (Canada), deputy head of mission in Ankara (Turkey) and chief of protocol from 2013 to 2015. He has also served in the US and Sri Lanka.
  • His biodata says he did a five-month Senior Management course from the School of Public Policy, Lahore in 2007 and a five-month National Security course from National Defence University in 2015-2016.