Pakistan’s anti-graft body summons US envoy in corruption case

LAHORE, Oct 11: Pakistan’s anti-graft body has summoned the country’s envoy to the US Ali Jahangir Siddiqui to question him for allegedly paying Rs 15 crore in bribe to a top government official to get the plum diplomatic post, a senior official said on Thursday. Ambassador Siddiqui has been issued a notice to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on October 19. “The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has summoned Siddiqui for October 19 after a transaction of Rs 15 crore between him and former principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hasan Fawad has surfaced,” a senior official of the anti-corruption watchdog told . He said an investigation into Fawad’s income beyond means case revealed that Siddiqui had paid him Rs 15 crore in bribe to get approval from former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for his (Siddiqui) appointment as ambassador to the US.
“The NAB has summoned Siddiqui to quiz him on October 19 at its Lahore office in relation to the charges that he transferred Rs 15 crore into the account of Fawad to get the ambassadorship,” the official said. He said the NAB had also termed Siddiqui’s reply in another case of stock manipulation “unsatisfactory”. “The NAB will also quiz him regarding the alleged role of his company – M/s Azgard Nine Limited (ANL) – in the manipulation of shares that caused losses of billions of rupees to the national exchequer,” the official said. (Agencies)