The agreement is the approval of a designated diplomat by the receiving state. He will be replacing the outgoing ambassador of Pakistan in Washington Asad Majeed Khan.
The ambitious CPEC is a 3,000-km long route of infrastructure projects connecting China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Gwadar Port in the western province of Balochistan, Pakistan.
Indian authorities declined Pakistan's request to allow the five journalists to travel to Islamabad through Wagah as the border crossing is virtually closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A majority of experts said that Ilyas and Sultan Mahmood were the top contenders and among them most of them agreed that Ilyas was the favourite.