Hussain Haqqani compulsive detractor of Pakistan
Muhammad Jamil
4/12/2017

 

Hussain Haqqani compulsive detractor of Pakistan
Posted date : April 12, 2017 In Opinion Comments Off on Hussain Haqqani compulsive detractor of Pakistan

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Mohammad Jamil

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Harper Collins Publishers (India) has acquired the world rights to publish Hussain Haqqani’s new book titled ‘Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State’. This book will be launched in August 2017, in which he reportedly examines the causes of Pakistan’s perennial crises and answers the question: ‘Can Pakistan transform itself into a modern, functional state – and if so, how?’ Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins (India), says, “Husain Haqqani is one of the most astute and perceptive commentators on Pakistan today; it is an absolute privilege for us to be able to announce his new book Reimagining Pakistan which we’ll publish in time for the seventieth anniversary of Pakistan’s formation, this August.” One can imagine that former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, a compulsive detractor of Pakistan, who does not see anything worthwhile in Pakistan, would continue with his invectives against Pakistan and its institutions especially military.
Husain Haqqani is also the author of three books: Pakistan Between Mosque and Military; Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and an Epic History of Misunderstanding; and India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. For the US and the West, Hussain Haqqani is an intellectual par excellence, who has taught in American universities, and has keen eye on world politics especially South Asia. For Pakistanis, he is highly opportunist, cunning and over-ambitious person who is known for his anti-Pakistan/anti-Army views. He professes that partition of India, and Pakistan was a bad idea and shows disrespect to Quaid-e-Azam also. His wife Farah Naz Ispahani also joins him in his virulent rhetoric against ideology, Armed Forces and people or Pakistan, and would not let any opportunity go to defame Pakistan.
There are confirmed reports that he is facilitating Altaf Hussain to get US nationality and arranging his settlement in Chicago, USA to rescue him from cases in the UK. He had appointed a Hindu girl (RAW) Dr. Aparna Pande (38 years) as his secretary to handle all secret corresponded, while being Ambassador of Pakistan in Washington. Dr Aparna Pande is believed to have close links with Indian establishment. In January 2016, both traveled to India and visited Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), an Indian think tank established by Ajit Doval (Indian NSA). He provided insight to VIF officials on affairs related to Pakistan. He teamed up with Indian lobby and some diehard anti-Pakistan elements being funded for their campaign to isolate and defame Pakistan. Others in this group include Bruce Riedel, Christine Fair, Ayesha Siddiqa, Tariq Fateh, etc.
His new book is reportedly aimed at defaming Pakistan in the context of Pakistan’s support to Kashmir freedom struggle. He was asked to resign as Pakistan’s ambassador in the US after he wrote a memo to the then Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff accusing then Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani of planning to bring down the government in the aftermath of the raid on Osama bin Laden on May 2. According to the leaked report, the worst part was the proposal in the memo which read: “The government will allow the US to propose names of officials to investigate bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan, facilitate American attempts to target militants like Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Taliban chief Mullah Omar, and allow the US greater oversight of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons”. In his book ‘Pakistan between Mosque and military’, he had denigrated Pakistan’s institutions.
The author has not been honest in having analysed and traced the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and military in the said book, thus disparaging Pakistan and its armed forces. He is shrewd and canny, and could do anything to appease his masters. A brief summary of Hussain Haqqani’s changing loyalties and goalposts would be appropriate to read his mind. Hussain Haqqani was once correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review; then he was media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif when Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan during her first stint in 1988-1990. He had switched to serve caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, and then switched back again to serve Mian Nawaz Sharif when he was elected Prime Minister. He stooped so low as to use vulgar language for Bhutto family’s women folk.
In 1992, he was rewarded for that misdemeanor by Nawaz government and sent to Sri Lanka as Pakistan’s High Commissioner showing utter disregard to the merit. On the eve of Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal by the then president under 58-2(B) on 18 April 1993, he jumped out of the sinking ship and joined President Ghulam Ishaq Khan’s bandwagon. Immediately, he was rewarded and made special assistant to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari with the rank of Minister of State. He was a turncoat having no parallel in at least Pakistan’s history. There is a perception that during his stint as Ambassador to the US he did not care for the prime minister and president of Pakistan. It was unfortunate that Hussain Haqqani was appointed as an ambassador to the US when everybody knew about his dubious character, and especially his views in his book titled ‘Pakistan between mosque and military’.
And although Admiral Mike Mullen had some words of appreciation for Pakistan’s contributions to America’s spurious war on terror, he too laid down his baton with pungent tirades against this country, indeed going to the extent of terming the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban as the veritable arm of the ISI. The quickness with which Jones and Mullen came public with their roles in the Memogate doesn’t sit well in the mind. It raised certain questions, and intriguingly very disturbing ones at that. The Commission, constituted by the Supreme Court in December 2011 under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Baluchistan High Court Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, had submitted its report to the Supreme Court in June 2012. The Memo Commission concluded that the memorandum was real and it was authored by Hussain Haqqani former Pakistan ambassador to the US.

This book will be launched in August 2017, in which he reportedly examines the causes of Pakistan’s perennial crises and answers the question: ‘Can Pakistan transform itself into a modern, functional state – and if so, how?’ Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins (India), says, “Husain Haqqani is one of the most astute and perceptive commentators on Pakistan today; it is an absolute privilege for us to be able to announce his new book Reimagining Pakistan which we’ll publish in time for the seventieth anniversary of Pakistan’s formation, this August.” One can imagine that former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, a compulsive detractor of Pakistan, who does not see anything worthwhile in Pakistan, would continue with his invectives against Pakistan and its institutions especially military.Husain Haqqani is also the author of three books: Pakistan Between Mosque and Military; Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and an Epic History of Misunderstanding; and India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. For the US and the West, Hussain Haqqani is an intellectual par excellence, who has taught in American universities, and has keen eye on world politics especially South Asia. For Pakistanis, he is highly opportunist, cunning and over-ambitious person who is known for his anti-Pakistan/anti-Army views. He professes that partition of India, and Pakistan was a bad idea and shows disrespect to Quaid-e-Azam also. His wife Farah Naz Ispahani also joins him in his virulent rhetoric against ideology, Armed Forces and people or Pakistan, and would not let any opportunity go to defame Pakistan.There are confirmed reports that he is facilitating Altaf Hussain to get US nationality and arranging his settlement in Chicago, USA to rescue him from cases in the UK. He had appointed a Hindu girl (RAW) Dr. Aparna Pande (38 years) as his secretary to handle all secret corresponded, while being Ambassador of Pakistan in Washington. Dr Aparna Pande is believed to have close links with Indian establishment. In January 2016, both traveled to India and visited Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), an Indian think tank established by Ajit Doval (Indian NSA). He provided insight to VIF officials on affairs related to Pakistan. He teamed up with Indian lobby and some diehard anti-Pakistan elements being funded for their campaign to isolate and defame Pakistan. Others in this group include Bruce Riedel, Christine Fair, Ayesha Siddiqa, Tariq Fateh, etc.His new book is reportedly aimed at defaming Pakistan in the context of Pakistan’s support to Kashmir freedom struggle. He was asked to resign as Pakistan’s ambassador in the US after he wrote a memo to the then Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff accusing then Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani of planning to bring down the government in the aftermath of the raid on Osama bin Laden on May 2. According to the leaked report, the worst part was the proposal in the memo which read: “The government will allow the US to propose names of officials to investigate bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan, facilitate American attempts to target militants like Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Taliban chief Mullah Omar, and allow the US greater oversight of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons”. In his book ‘Pakistan between Mosque and military’, he had denigrated Pakistan’s institutions.The author has not been honest in having analysed and traced the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and military in the said book, thus disparaging Pakistan and its armed forces. He is shrewd and canny, and could do anything to appease his masters. A brief summary of Hussain Haqqani’s changing loyalties and goalposts would be appropriate to read his mind. Hussain Haqqani was once correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review; then he was media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif when Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan during her first stint in 1988-1990. He had switched to serve caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, and then switched back again to serve Mian Nawaz Sharif when he was elected Prime Minister. He stooped so low as to use vulgar language for Bhutto family’s women folk.In 1992, he was rewarded for that misdemeanor by Nawaz government and sent to Sri Lanka as Pakistan’s High Commissioner showing utter disregard to the merit. On the eve of Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal by the then president under 58-2(B) on 18 April 1993, he jumped out of the sinking ship and joined President Ghulam Ishaq Khan’s bandwagon. Immediately, he was rewarded and made special assistant to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari with the rank of Minister of State. He was a turncoat having no parallel in at least Pakistan’s history. There is a perception that during his stint as Ambassador to the US he did not care for the prime minister and president of Pakistan. It was unfortunate that Hussain Haqqani was appointed as an ambassador to the US when everybody knew about his dubious character, and especially his views in his book titled ‘Pakistan between mosque and military’.And although Admiral Mike Mullen had some words of appreciation for Pakistan’s contributions to America’s spurious war on terror, he too laid down his baton with pungent tirades against this country, indeed going to the extent of terming the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban as the veritable arm of the ISI. The quickness with which Jones and Mullen came public with their roles in the Memogate doesn’t sit well in the mind. It raised certain questions, and intriguingly very disturbing ones at that. The Commission, constituted by the Supreme Court in December 2011 under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Baluchistan High Court Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, had submitted its report to the Supreme Court in June 2012. The Memo Commission concluded that the memorandum was real and it was authored by Hussain Haqqani former Pakistan ambassador to the US.