ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples’ Party has distanced itself from former Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani saying that the Party has nothing to do with the views expressed by the latter.
A spokesperson of the Party said this when his attention was drawn to recent statements of Hussain Haqqani on a host of issues involving national security.
The Spokesperson said that Hussain Haqqani’s views are entirely his own and it would not be correct to attribute them to the Party.
The move comes days after Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz accused Haqqani of lobbying against Pakistan.
“A former Pakistani ambassador is working against his own country in the US,” Aziz said, adding that Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in the US is facing challenges due to the former ambassador’s campaign.
“This person is trying to tackle all our diplomatic efforts in boosting the bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States,” Aziz said.
Without revealing the identity of the person, the adviser said, “The Foreign Office has serious reservation on the activities of the said person in the US.”
The former ambassador rejected the allegations and said that officials should take responsibility for failed policies and their poor presentation abroad instead of looking for scapegoats to dive attention from criticism at home.
He said he knew Aziz was talking about him because another minister had attacked Haqqani by name with similar words. “
“I am now a scholar in the US, not a lobbyist,” Hqqani said, adding, “If my opinions are as a scholar carry such much weight that US policy is being affected by them then the Pakistan Foreign Ministry should try to influence my opinions rather than treating me like a pariah and making false allegations against me in the Pakistani media.”
Haqqani commented that Pakistan difficulties in the US were result of years of supporting jihadis and making excuses that are having less and less effect on Americans. Morever, Paksitan’s dependence on US aid made is susceptible to changes in the US national mood and attitude.
He said, “I did not make the A.Q Khan network, support the Taliban as they killed US soldiers in Afghanistan or allow UN designated terrorist groups to function openly so there is no point in blaming me for these policy failures. Neither I and other former ambassador was responsible for the OBL fiasco.”
I have written these scholarly books on Pakistan critiquing policies that I believe damage Pakistan’s interests,” Haqqani asserted.
Others including Mr Sartaj Aziz are welcome to write books that disprove my arguments but to say that my opinions are creating hurdles in the conduct of their failed policies is disingenuous at best.”
Haaqni said he is not engaged in lobbying and would never lobby against what “I consider to be the interest of Pakistan.” He insisted, however, that he is entitled to having a different opinion about what is Pakistan’s interest than the entrenched Pakistani establishment and if that troubles ome people so be it.
Haqqani advised the adviser incharge of the Pakistan Foreign Office to understand that making noise in Islamabad about a scholar in Washington would not change things in Washington. “I have great respect for Mr Sartaj Aziz as a development economist and would like him to extend the same courtesy to me as a Professor of International Relations,” he added. – SAMAA
Story first published: 24th June 2016