Pakistan may replace its High Commissioner to India Aziz Ahmed Khan, whose tenure ends by August this year, with its Ambassador to Canada Shahid Malik.
Khan may not get an extension, as expected earlier, after his term comes to an end by August, officials here were quoted as saying by the local daily The Nation.
"It was expected earlier that Aziz Ahmed Khan will be given extension keeping in view his vital role in the ongoing peace process with India. However, after prolonged consultations, the Foreign Office has decided to recommend Shahid Malik as Khan's replacement," they said.
There was no official confirmation of this here.
Khan, a veteran diplomat of Pakistan Foreign Service, was posted in New Delhi in 2003. He is already on an extension after retirement.
Khan is currently in Islamabad to attend the just-concluded envoy's conference.
Malik's name was considered along with Zamir Akram, who is serving at the Prime Minister's Secretariat, Kamran Niaz, ambassador to Japan, and Asif Eizdi, Ambassador to Germany.
The Foreign Office will now send its recommendation with the list of other candidates to the PM's Secretariat and the Presidency, the report said.
The final decision would be taken by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz after obtaining approval from President Pervez Musharraf.
But it is most likely that they would endorse the Foreign Ministry's recommendation, the paper said.