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Islamabad High Court rejects request to disqualify Ambassador Ali Jahangir Siddiqui


The Islamabad High Court rejected on Thursday a petition to disqualify Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Ali Jahanagir Siddiqui.

The petitioner’s lawyer argued that Siddiqui is not a civil servant and that his appointment was not according to the law.

The court asked for the law that says that an ambassador has to be a civil servant.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked that it is the prerogative of the executive to appoint whomever they choose as an ambassador.

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The judge said this was a political appointment and the prime minister can appoint whomever he likes. The chief executive must have appointed Siddiqui after due consideration, said Justice Minallah.

This court cannot instruct Parliament on what to do, the court said.

When the lawyer argued that there is a NAB reference against Siddiqui, Justice Minallah replied that the new government can look into the matter.

 

 

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