ISLAMABAD    -  Pakistan Ambassador to EU in Brussels, Dr Asad Majeed is likely to take the office of the foreign secretary as his name ranks top in the summa­ry sent by the foreign office to the Prime Minis­ter’s Office. Incumbent Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood would be retiring today after reaching superannuation.

The prime minister is yet to approve the name of the new foreign secretary; however he has com­pleted consultations with concerned stakeholders including foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

A message was sent to call Dr Asad Majeed to reach Islamabad as early as possible upon which he arrived on Thursday morning.

Dr Asad Majeed is expected to meet Prime Min­ister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday after which the PM would accord approval of his appointment.

Dr Asad Majeed was in the centre of the ‘cable­gate’ controversy in March this year, when one of his cipher/cable sent by him from Washington, created a storm in Pakistan when it was made pub­lic by the then PM Imran Khan. Dr Asad Majeed is a career diplomat and had served for 14 years in united Nations and United States in different capac­ities and finally as ambassador for three years. He had also served as Pakistan ambassador to Japan.