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Pakistan’s envoy to US presents credentials to Trump

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

Siddiqui reached the White House to present his credentials to the American president who endorsed his appointment as Pakistan’s envoy in Washington.

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 the PTI. A petition challenging his appointment was also filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which is pending for 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 the basis of his close ties with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Siddiqui, who holds bachelor’s degree 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 the 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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