PM Imran mulling calling back Gen (retd) Bilal Akber from Saudi Arabia: report

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PM Imran mulling calling back Gen (retd) Bilal Akber from Saudi Arabia: report
PM Imran mulling calling back Gen (retd) Bilal Akber from Saudi Arabia: report

In barely seven months since his appointment as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the government is mulling calling back retired Lt Gen Bilal Akbar from Riyadh, according to a report published in The News.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering recalling Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lt Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar, read the report.

Ameer Khurram Rathore likely to replace Bilal Akber
Ameer Khurram Rathore, a career diplomat and Bilal’s likely replacement, has already been called to accompany the PM, but no notification has been issued yet. The decision was taken around two weeks ago, according to a well-placed official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ameer is presently serving as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, a position he took over hardly a month ago.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed ignorance when contacted some 10 days ago. He said he would respond after checking, but he didn’t. The News approached him Sunday again but he didn’t reply. Bilal, when approached on Oct 15, was non-committal. Asked if he was being called back, he showed ignorance.

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