ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday heard the case against Ali Jahangir’s appointment as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States and dubbed the government’s decision of opting him for the post as ‘shameful’.
Justice Athar Minallah, while hearing the case against Ali Jahangir, lashed out at the government and questioned Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf “whether Ali Jahangir’s appointment is a disgraceful act for the country or not?”
The Attorney General stated that there are no doubts about the court’s reservations. Justice Minallah further remarked, “It would have been better if Ali Jahangir had rejected the offer of government owing to his embezzlement charges.”
The court expressed its concerns about the image of Pakistan following Ali Jahangir’s appointment.
“The issue is sensitive and interim government cannot decide on the matter, let new government take charge,” the court observed and adjourned the hearing until October 4.
Ali Jahangir Siddiqui on Tuesday assumed charge of Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United States and replaced Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.
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.
On the other hand, NAB has approach Sindh High Court (SHC) in order to place Ali Jahangir on Exit Control List (ECL). The court observed that Ali Jahangir will have to appear before the court whenever NAB summons him.