Mar 16: Appoint of Ali Siddiqui as Pakistan’s Ambassador to USA by Abdul Q Kundi

Following is PTI members policy position after consultations:

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi in a recent interview elaborated the reasons behind the appointment of Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the USA. He argued that Pakistan needs a person in Washington that speaks in business terms as it is the only language understood by President Trump and his key advisers. He also suggested that a person with education from an Ivy league US business school will have contacts and network to lobby for Pakistan. He gave examples of past Ambassadors with business background especially Mr. Jamshed Marker. He emphasized that as Chief Executive of the country he would like to appoint a person of his choice to a key capital.

I agree with the reasoning of the Prime Minister but is Ali Jahangir Siddiqui only person that meets this criterion? We are concerned the manner in which this appointment is made. PM should have asked foreign ministry to recommend three probable candidates that meet the criteria and then shared this with other political parties to take them into confidence before appointing the person. We are engaged in a hostile Eastern and Western borders as well as still face terrorist attacks from Afghan safe heavens. This means that security establishment especially NSA has to work closely with Pakistan’s ambassador in the USA. It seems they are not fully on board.

Considering all this we suggest that PM Abbasi reconsider his decision of appointing Ali Siddiqui as Pakistan’s ambassador to the USA. We do support that Chief Executive should exercise his constitutional powers but due process, transparency, consensus, and merit should not be violated.

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