ISLAMABAD - Pakistans Ambassador to China Masood Khan has got two years extension in his Beijing posting following Islamabads decision to drop a proposal to replace him with another career diplomat. Masood Khan was to return home in February after completing his two-year term. He was earlier tipped to replace the incumbent Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir who is likely to be appointed as Pakistans permanent representative. Though no official announcement was made by the Foreign Office about 'two years extension given to Masood Khan as ambassador to China, yet well-placed sources in the Prime Ministers Secretariat confirmed to TheNation on Saturday that Masood Khan had been given extension against his excellent performance as Ambassador in China. A senior diplomat, on the customary condition of anonymity, though said on Saturday that it was not fair to give extension to diplomats, yet, he spoke highly of Masood Khans role in taking Pak-China relations to new heights during his two-year term as ambassador in China. Concerned authority in Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be contacted for official version in this regard. However, background talks with higher officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the report was true. Masood Khan was appointed as Pakistans Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China in September 2008. From March 2005 to September 2008, Ambassador Masood Khan served as Pakistans Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva. From August 2003 to March 2005, he worked as Director General (United Nations) at the Foreign Office. From September 2003 to May 2004, he served as DG (Disarmament). In June 2003, he was appointed as Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he held till March 2005. Significant changes may take place in the diplomatic service in the days to come. Key posts in Europe, UNO, Brussels as well as in other stations may change hands with some familiar figures in the circuit disappearing in the process, said the sources.