Durrani in, Karamat out
By Khalid Hasan
WASHINGTON: Jehangir Karamat, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, is being replaced by retired general of the Pakistan Army Mahmood Durrani.
The formal announcement from the Foreign Office is expected to be made when the agreement – the request to the host government to accept the nominated person as ambassador and plenipotentiary – which has already been sent to the US government is approved and received back in Islamabad.
It is not clear why Ambassador Karamat, who took up his post on a two-year contract, which is normal, around a year and a half ago is returning home.
Maj Gen Durrani, an armoured corps officer like Gen Karamat, was Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s military secretary for several years. He will become the third armoured corps officer to serve as Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington.
The late Lt Gen Ejaz Azim, who served here the longest during the Reagan and Zia years, was also an armoured corps officer.
It is understood that while Gen Karamat would prefer to leave in late summer, Gen Durrani would prefer to take up his post in May.