NEW DELHI: Senior diplomat Satyabrata Pal, India's envoy to South Africa, was on Monday appointed the next High Commissioner to Pakistan. A 1972 batch IFS officer, Mr. Pal is expected to take up his assignment shortly, an official announcement said here.

Mr. Pal, who has served in Indian missions in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh, goes to Pakistan at a time when the two countries are battling to steer relations out of the chill imposed by the July 11 Mumbai train blasts.

Y.K. Sinha, Consul-General in Dubai, was appointed India's next Ambassador to Venezuela. PTI

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