Ali Siddiqui Awaits Confirmation Agreement From US
Ali Siddiqui Awaits Confirmation Agreement From US: The US government has not confirmed the agreement for Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, who was appointed as the new Pakistani ambassador to Washington in March 2018.
An agreement is the approval of a diplomatic representative by the state to which he or she is to be accredited. Pakistan had sent relevant papers to the US State Department almost two months ago and is now waiting for the agreement.
Diplomatic norms do not allow a host government to tell another government who to send as ambassador, but they also place no obligation on the host government to approve the appointment.
Mr Siddiqui was special assistant to the prime minister on economic and business affairs before his new assignment was announced. He is also chairman of JS Bank Ltd, which is owned by his father Jahangir Siddiqui. Mr Ali Jahangir has previously been a director in Airblue, which is also connected to the prime minister’s family.
Ali Siddiqui’s Appointment Challenged And Opposed
His new assignment has been challenged in various courts in Pakistan while opposition parliamentarians in both the National Assembly and the Senate have also rejected it.
The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, the attorney general of Pakistan and other respondents to submit their written reply in a writ petition challenging the appointment of Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as Pakistan’s ambassador to USA. The petitioner who filed the case requested the court to declare the Rule 4(6) of Rules of Business, 1973 is ultra vires of the Article 99 of the Constitution.
Reports in the media claimed that the Army Chief also opposed the appointment in a recent, informal conversation with senior journalists.
A combined investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore also interrogated him for over an hour in an alleged misuse case.
By the end of May, Pakistan will have a new, interim government for three months and if the agreement is delayed till then, the current ambassador, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, will continue to work until after the general elections. The next ambassador will be appointed by the government that wins the elections.
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