Veteran diplomats Syed Ibne Abbas and Jalil Abbas Jilani will be the new Pakistani envoys to India and the United States.

Abbas will replace current High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir, official sources here said.

Abbas is a career diplomat and had earlier served as Counsellor (political) at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

He had also served as the Director of Kashmir Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here and was the Director General of the South Asia division.His appointment comes at a time when tensions along the line of control have increased.

Bashir was appointed as the High Commissioner to India by the previous PPP-led government after his retirement as the Foreign Secretary.

The change was expected with the new Nawaz Sharif government taking over.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sharif had met in New York last month and stressed the need for bringing down tensions along the LoC. Sharif has on numerous occasions said he wants better ties with India and a resolution of all outstanding issues in a peaceful manner. Foreign Secretary Jilani will be the new ambassador to the US and Abdul Basit will replace Jilani.

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