Islamabad High Court (IHC) took notice and asked for an explanation over the appointment of new US ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Ali Jahangir Siddiqui. A petition was filed against his appointment which argued that the appointment on the very important role of US Ambassador was not according to the standards and not up to the merit of this very important post.
IHC asked secretary cabinet division, the foreign secretary, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and Attorney General to ensure that the appointment on this role was up to the merit and was not the result of favoritism.
It was further argued in the petition that federal authorities ignored the experienced and deserving candidates at the diplomatic level for this post and appointed Mr, Ali Siddiqui on the basis of favoritism and was backed by the prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, because Mr, Siddiqui was serving as a special assistant to the PM of Pakistan. The petitioner asked IHC to overruled the appointment of Ali Siddiqui as a US Ambassador because appointee doesn’t have the required experience and doesn’t meet the prerequisite requirements for this post and this decision was made without the consultation of the federal cabinet.