PM nominates Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as ambassador to US

Published: March 8, 2018
Ali Jahangir Siddiqui. PHOTO COURTESY: JS BANK

Ali Jahangir Siddiqui. PHOTO COURTESY: JS BANK

ISLAMABAD: The government is considering appointing Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, the son of a renowned businessman, as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, sources said.

However, there was no official confirmation of the development. Both the Prime Minister Office and foreign ministry were tightlipped.

It is also not clear whether the government has sent his name to Washington for formal approval. Ambassadors are only appointed when the host country formally gives its assent.

Sources said the proposal for appointing Siddiqui as envoy to the US was under serious consideration after the government decided not to give an extension to the incumbent Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

At a weekly news briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said those were administrative matters when asked whether any decision had been taken regarding the appointment of a new ambassador to the US.

Siddiqui, who is currently serving as a special assistant to the prime minister, is the chairman of JS Bank and JS Private Equity and is the son of the eponymous JS – business tycoon Jahangir Siddiqui.

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He has some public sector experience as well, having served as a member of the Privatisation Commission, member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, member of the Sindh Board of Investment, and as a member of the Community Development Board of the government of Sindh.

He also previously served as executive director of JS Investments. Before moving to Pakistan in 2002, Siddiqui worked in Hong Kong as a director with Crosby Capital, an Asian private equity asset management firm that managed over $400 million – including funds managed on behalf of the Hong Kong and Korean governments.

Siddiqui’s other business interests include the UAE-based Arabian Gulf Steel – Canadian oil and gas company Jura Energy, UAE-based RAK Ghani Glass, and Saudi-based Star Marine Services.

He was also honorary CEO of the charity organization Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation.

Siddiqui holds a BA in economics from Cornell University in New York and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Troubled
    Mar 8, 2018 - 3:10PM

    Zero experience. Instead of a career diplomat, we assign a novice. As a political reward, give the ambassadorship to Lichtenstein, not to DC.Recommend

  • Copper
    Mar 8, 2018 - 3:43PM

    Mr. Siddiqui is the son of Jehangir Siddique and nephew of Mir Shakil ur Rehman. PML (Nepotism) doesn’t need any other qualificationRecommend

  • Burki
    Mar 8, 2018 - 4:50PM

    This is how we run Pakistan ….. No one else to blame but our own leaders

    We have had no leader after the Great Jinnah Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 8, 2018 - 5:04PM

    Very young and inexperienced for this very important position.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 8, 2018 - 6:04PM

    All well and fine, but did he clear the Foreign Service oral and written tests ? If not, what are those assessments there for ?Recommend

  • Khalid Manzoor
    Mar 8, 2018 - 7:52PM

    If you go through his credentials he hardly has done anything besides making tonnes of money…Is there any criteria set for selecting people for such important positions or just having the connections is good enough…. Recommend

  • Sikandar
    Mar 8, 2018 - 11:00PM

    what are his diplomatic Achievements ? if there are any i would love to know rest than having connections to The Most Corrupt Political Party of Pakistan, PML-N Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Mar 9, 2018 - 1:31AM

    Such an important post should have gone to a seniot career diplomat.. .Recommend

  • Abbassin
    Mar 9, 2018 - 1:31AM

    There ought to be a simple and sensible undertaking by the Government of Pakistan. That we would only appoint career diplomats in at least Five of the most important capitals of the world and given our deep and long relationship with United States, Washington should be at the top of that list.Recommend

  • cautious
    Mar 9, 2018 - 2:59AM

    You don’t need a professional Ambassador to work with the USA – you need policies which aren’t in conflict with USA goals. Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Mar 9, 2018 - 7:52AM

    What a co-incidence, this guy is shareholder in Air Blue. PM’s airline business.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Mar 9, 2018 - 7:52AM

    What a co-incidence, this guy is shareholder in Air Blue. PM’s airline business.Recommend

  • ABC
    Mar 9, 2018 - 8:56AM

    Another feather in the cap of Patwaris Recommend

  • Amit Lunia
    Mar 9, 2018 - 9:28AM

    This young man, if asked to utter three words would say

    ” Thank you Daddy..”Recommend

  • Umar
    Mar 9, 2018 - 9:44AM

    and not to forget, JS is a major shareholder and savior of PMs airline Airblue *ring *ringRecommend

  • Azmat Qayyum MD
    Mar 11, 2018 - 9:41PM

    We recently had chance to Meet Aizaz Chaudhry
    And listened to him
    He presented case of Pakistan from its perspective and he visited couple of universities here and delivered speeches
    I have never a Pakistan who can Speak so smartly with Solid Knowledge and so Eloquently that Listners will Believe 100%
    Few people in the audience told him that his way of delivering speech is like Barack Obama( great compliment)

    I thought he is doing Excellent Job at this critical moment and at this juncture we needed continuity
    To combat this negative emotions about Pakistan.Recommend

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