Abbas would be replacing current High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir, official sources in Islamabad said.
    
"Bashir was re-employed after retirement. So the new government is appointing a new envoy," an official source in the government 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 the 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 LoC 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 Nawaz Sharif had met in September 2013 and stressed on the need for bringing down tensions at the Line of Control (LoC).
    
Sharif has on numerous occasions said that he wants better ties with India and resolution of all outstanding issues in a peaceful manner.
    
Meanwhile, sources said that Foreign Secretary Jilani will be the new ambassador to US ahead, Sharif's visit to Washington in October 2013. He will be replaced by Abdul Basit, currently Ambassador to Germany, they added.

 (Agencies)

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