NEW DELHI - High Commissioner for Pakistan to India, Abdul Basit presented his credentials to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday.
The credentials presentation ceremony was attended by the officers of the Ministry of External Affairs, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Pakistan High Commission.
In an audience with the President, the High Commissioner conveyed the warmest greetings from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan.
He said that the PM was resolved to changing the bilateral narrative of conflict into a one underpinned by cooperation, mutual interest and mutual trust. He said Islamabad hoped that the next government in New Delhi would move quickly and resolutely to engage fruitfully with Pakistan as desired by the people on both sides of the LoC.
Abdul Basit was born in 1958. He holds Master's Degree in International Relations. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1982.
During his distinguished diplomatic career, he held important assignments at Pakistan Missions abroad: Moscow (1985) - 1988), New York (1991 - 1994), Sana'a (1994-1997), Geneva (2001-2003) and London (September 2003 to August 2008), Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany (2012 to Feb 2014).
He served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Headquarters) as Section Officer (1983 - 1988 & 1991), Director (1997 - 2001), Director General (2008 - 2009), Spokesman (2009 - 2010), & Additional Secretary (Europe) 2009 - 2012.