Saturday, 19 November 2011 16:02
Not that Pakistan was going through enough problems already yet another issue has raised its head – Pakistan Ambassador to the US Husain Haqaani’s resignation over a secret call to the Americans to reign in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The “Memogate” issue as it is being called is a dubious drama which is on the agenda of every politically motivated individual.
An American-based businessman with questionable credibility Mansoor Ijaz’s allegations should be viewed with a pinch of salt especially when our Ambassador has done so much to salvage the Pak-US relationship over the Raymond Davis saga and who kept the US aid flowing.
Mansoor Ijaz, an American of Pakistani origin based in Zurich, said in a column in the Financial Times last month that a senior Pakistani diplomat asked for assistance in getting a message from President Asif Ali Zardari to the then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.
This role of the ambassador has probably been a thorn in the side of anti-American and anti-democratic forces who are now trying to come up with another controversy.
As the controversy rages on Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan says the ambassador’s visit is routine, while Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has denied Zardari’s involvement in the matter and assured the government’s commitment to the military and its institutions. The prime minister said Ambassador Haqqani will be allowed to clear his name when he returns to the country. Mian Nawaz Sharif, drawing mileage from this controversy has demanded an inquiry by an independent commission.
A word of advice. The government should not jump to conclusions on mere allegations, that also by a shady individual. It should come out with an explanation publicly after a thorough investigation.
Ambassador Haqqani is being called back to explain his take on the situation. Let’s reserve our judgment and see how the ambassador’s return will play out.