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Updated: November 22, 2011 22:07 IST

Military has its way; Haqqani quits over memo

Anita Joshua
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File photo of Hussain Haqqani on Tuesday resigned as Pakistan envoy to the U.S. File photo
AP File photo of Hussain Haqqani on Tuesday resigned as Pakistan envoy to the U.S. File photo

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani resigned on Tuesday after presenting his case in the “memogate” scandal before the country's civil and military leadership. A detailed enquiry has also been ordered by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani into the controversy over allegations that Mr. Haqqani had sent a memo to the former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Mike Mullen, seeking Washington's intervention in preventing a coup in Pakistan after the Abbottabad operation.

While the Prime Minister's office said Mr. Haqqani had been asked by Mr. Gilani to submit his resignation pending enquiry, the former Ambassador tweeted “I have requested PM Gilani to accept my resignation as Pakistan Ambassador to US” just before news broke.

Mr. Haqqani also made it clear that he would remain active in public life, tweeting further that “I have much to contribute to building a new Pakistan free of bigotry & intolerance. Will focus energies on that.” On Monday, his wife — a member of the National Assembly and adviser to President Asif Ali Zardari — had demanded forensic examination of the phone records of Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman who made the allegations against Mr. Haqqani.

His resignation gave credence to speculation that the military — which has always remained in charge, particularly in matters of foreign policy and security — has had its way. Who will be Pakistan's next Ambassador in Washington is the big question and the selection will indicate if the military had its way again. In fact, Mr. Haqqani himself had said last week — after being recalled to Islamabad — that he was being vilified for opposing military interference in political affairs.

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It is very natural for Zardari or Haqqani to seek help to stay in power from those who brought them to power. Nawaz Sharif did exactly that when he felt threatened from Gen. Musharraf. Americans even came to his help but couldn't do much.

What is new about this memo is the offer to extradite ISI men to India. This is way beyond Haqqani's league. It is way beyond anyone's league but not everyone is smart enough to realize that.

If any Pakistani official has anything to do with this memo, it leads all the way to the top.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Nov 24, 2011 at 16:23 IST

It is unbelievable that the Pakistan Ambassador Haqqani wrote the concerned memo and delivered to the US Cheif of Staffs Admiral Mullen. As Ambassador, Haqqani is aware of the US and international protocols for contacting the US government on a matter of utmost importance to Pakistan. Admiral Mullen was suspecious of the letter because of the divergence from the widely accepted protocol. The memo is invented by someone in Pakistan who is not aware of the US and international diplomatic protocol.It cannot be an ambassador or any civilian government. Haqqani resigned to save the face of President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan, his close friends and also to save the face of the democratic civilian governmet. There is possiblity that the Pakistan Military and/or the ISI planted this memo to embarrass the civilian government of Pakistan at a time when Pakistan military and the ISI are rediculed for the US killing of Osama bin Laden without their knowledge.

from:  Davis K. Thanjan
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 05:24 IST

Pakistan's military always had its way right from the birth of Pakistan, be it 1965 war or Kargil War. Even in the 1971 BanglaDesh Liberation War, the War, the loss of 3 million civilian lives and loss of lives of Indian and Pakistani service men could have been avoided if Pakistan's Military Regime could have reached a political resolution with President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

from:  Dr Ashraf Ali
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 00:57 IST
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