Islamabad (Staff Report): The federal government has appointed Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as Pakistan's ambassador to the US .

In August last year, Siddiqui was appointed as a special assistant to the prime minister with the status of a minister of state.

Siddiqui is the chairman of JS Bank and JS Private Equity and is the son of the eponymous JS – business tycoon Jahangir Siddiqui .

He has some public sector experience as well, having served as a member of the Privatisation Commission, a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, a 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 US$400 million including funds managed on behalf of the Hong Kong and Korean governments.

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US , Aizaz Chaudhry, was retired on February 25.