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Court seeks arguments on petition against Ali Jahangir Siddiqui’s appointment

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday sought arguments on a petition challenging the probable appointment of Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as Pakistani envoy to the United States.

Justice Athar Minallah, who headed a single bench, was hearing the petition filed by Shahzad Siddiqui Alvi, who requested the court to declare Siddiqui’s nomination for the post as illegal and unconstitutional.

Siddiqui, who is prime minister’s special assistant, has been designated as Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington.

The judge observed that the appointment of a diplomat is a policy matter and doesn’t fall within the domain of the court. When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t raise any objection on his appointment, what objections the court could have, he asked.

Justice Minallah said as per amicus curiae neither career diplomats nor the petitioner himself would be affected by such an appointment.

The petitioner’s counsel, however, insisted that the respondent was not eligible to be appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US. He said as per policy 80 per cent professional diplomats and 20 per cent non-career diplomats are posted as ambassadors to important stations.

Besides, the lawyer said the envoy-designate is facing a NAB inquiry and therefore could not be appointed to such an important position and that the anti-graft watchdog had already asked the relevant authorities for placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The bench directed the lawyer to satisfy it as to under what law Ali Jahangir Siddiqui’s nomination is illegal.

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Ali Jahangir meets US defense secretary James Mattis

WASHINGTON: Pakistani envoy to the United States (US) Ali Jahangir Siddiqui met US secretary of defense James N. Mattis at Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

Ali Jahangir received a warm welcome from James Mattis at Pentagon where the duo discussed Pakistan-US relations and pondered over the matters pertaining to the region.

According to sources, Mattis apprised Siddiqui about the US strategy in Afghanistan and mulled over the options of bringing Taliban to the table for negotiations.

Last month, new ambassador to the US Ali Jahangir Siddiqui attended his first public event in Washington that was arranged by a Republican leader Sajid Tarrar to welcome the new Pakistani envoy to the US.

Speaking to the attendees of the event, he asserted that he is determined to strengthen the ties between US and Pakistan. “Resolution of issues of Pakistani community is our priority because this very community will assist in bringing betterment to the Pak-US relations,” he added.

Siddiqui urged everyone to take part in Pakistan’s revival and reemergence and assured “we are our well on our way towards it”.

“You can support us in many ways,” the ambassador said. “But more important than that is to participate in your political discourse and process.”

“If you can do that, then you can carry the Pakistan story and naturally offer a perspective that is your own, presenting Pakistan in a fair way,” he added.

On May 8, Siddiqui was appointed as the ambassador to the US after Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, his predecessor, resigned from the post. The new envoy reached Washington, DC on May 29 and took charge of his new role of ambassadorship on May 30.

Siddiqui, who holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, US, is the son of the famous banker and businessman Jahangir Siddiqui. He has served as director of Airblue airlines, Lucky Cement, Azgard Nine along with several other companies. In 2014, he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Besides, he has also served as member of the Privatisation Commission, the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, the Sindh Board of Investment, and as member of the Community Development Board of the Government of Sindh.

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Pakistan’s envoy to US presents credentials to Trump

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui presented his credentials to US President Donald Trump.

He assumed charge as ambassador to the United States on 30th of the last month.

On March 08, the then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appointed him as Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington.

His appointment triggered strong criticism from opposition parties, mainly PTI. A petition challenging his appointment was also filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which is pending disposal.

Mr Siddiqui is also facing a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) inquiry for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 40 billion to the national exchequer through embezzlement.

PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry had also written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner and caretaker Prime Minister, demanding that Ali Jahangir Siddiqui’s appointment should be declared void and of no legal effect.

He alleged that Siddiqui’s appointment was made on basis of his close ties with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Siddiqui, who holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, US, is the son of the famous banker and businessman Jahangir Siddiqui. He has served as director of Airblue airlines, Lucky Cement, Azgard Nine along with several other companies. In 2014, he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Besides, he has also served as member of the Privatisation Commission, the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, the Sindh Board of Investment, and as member of the Community Development Board of the Government of Sindh.

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Ali Jahangir to take charge as new US envoy on May 29

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to the United States (US) Ali Jahangir Siddiqui is expected to arrive in the US on May 28 and will take charge as new Pakistani envoy to the US on May 29 (Tuesday), ARY News reported. 

Jahangir is traveling to Washington along with his family on his new diplomatic passport.

The new US ambassador has also been summoned by the National Accountability Court (NAB) in a corruption case involving embezzlement of Rs55 billion.

It is pertinent to mention here that Ali Jahangir is due to take up his new position merely two days before the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government completes its five-year term in power.

He will succeed Aizaz Chaudhry who has been serving as Pakistan’s envoy to the US until his retirement last month.

Siddiqui, who holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, US, is the son of the famous banker and businessman Jahangir Siddiqui. He has served as director of Airblue airlines, Lucky Cement, Azgard Nine along with several other companies. In 2014, he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Besides, he has also served as member of the Privatisation Commission, the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, the Sindh Board of Investment, and as member of the Community Development Board of the Government of Sindh.

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