Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani: A memo apparently

prepared by Haqqani seeking U.S. help to protect Pakistan's

civilian leaders from the Pakistan military has set off a firestorm.

 

 

The Daily Jang, Pakistan

Is Washington Behind Pakistan's 'Memogate'?

 

"The memo sought Washington's direct intervention in conveying a strong, urgent and direct message to Generals Kayani and Pasha to end brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian government. In return, the memo promises a 'green light' to U.S. military forces for conducting all necessary operations to capture or kill al-Qaeda leaders on Pakistani soil."

 

By Ansar Abbasi

 

November 23, 2011

 

Pakistan - The Daily Jang - Original Article (English)

A Pakistani soldier stands near a nuclear-capable missile in Karachi: Has Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. committed 'treason' by seeking American help in backing Pakistan's civilian leadership against the Pakistan Army?

EXPRESS TRIBUNE VIDEO: Opposition 'bays for blood' over 'Memogate,' 00:03:05, Nov. 18.RealVideo

ISLAMABAD: Rather than settling the issue, the suspension of Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has added fuel to the memo controversy. Now the entire nation is anxious to know the facts, i.e.: what the unceremoniously-removed ambassador did, and whether President Asif Ali Zardari had any role in the scandal.

 

An independent inquiry completely free of the influence of today's rulers is now a necessity if we are to establish whether "Memogate" was part of Washingtonís conspiracy to target Pakistanís nuclear program, Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] and the Pakistan Army.

 

In order to get to the truth, the probe must begin with Haqqani. He must therefore remain in Pakistan until such time as the inquiry is completed and he is exonerated or proven guilty. It remains to be seen if the government intends to name him the prime suspect. According to the prime minister office, the Zardari Administration has sought Haqqani's resignation. Whether the government places him on the Exit Control List or takes him into custody depends on the seriousness of the accusations against him. Will the security services use their influence and skill to get the truth out of Haqqani?

 

As Pakistanís U.S. ambassador, Haqqani was looked on with suspicion from day one. The controversial elements of the Kerry-Lugar Act which allegedly contained input from Haqqani and the controversial issuance of thousands of visas to Americans by Pakistanís Embassy - including to U.S. spies - ratcheted up apprehensions against Haqqani at home.

 

But the latest memo has proven the most devastating. Here in Pakistan it raises fundamental questions about whether Memogate is connected to Washington or was primarily the work of Haqqani and other players in Pakistan.

 

Over three years ago, a small number of senior security officials met with leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League [PML] in an effort to have them convey to PML chief Nawaz Sharif that the U.S., through senior members of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, wanted to make important appointments to top echelons of the Pakistan Army, ISI and even the nuclear-related National Command Authority. And the reason?: To target the ISI, Pakistanís nuclear program and the military.

 

But Nawaz Sharif didn't take the message seriously. Later developments confirmed what Pakistan's security services had feared. Before leaving for his first official visit to the United States, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani upset the entire country by putting the ISI under the control of the Interior Ministry. But within hours he had to undo the change.

 

 

Later, the Kerry-Lugar Bill, enacted by the U.S. Congress, contained some highly objectionable provisions that not only hit Pakistanís nuclear program but the Pakistan Army and the country's security services. The government wasn't much bothered about such provisions until a press release after a corps. commander's meeting issued by Inter Services Public Relations conveying the militaryís rejection of parts of the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Haqqani was alleged to have a role in the preparation of Kerry-Lugar.

 

And now the memo, whose complete text has been published, again attacks the Pakistan Army, the countryís nuclear program and its security institutions.

 

The memo sought Washington's direct intervention in conveying a strong, urgent and direct message to Generals Kayani and Pasha to end brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian government. In return, the memo promises a "green light" to U.S. military forces for conducting all necessary operations to capture or kill al-Qaeda leaders on Pakistani soil. It also conveys that a new national security team to the satisfaction of Washington would be put in place.††

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This "team" would have developed an acceptable framework for controlling Pakistan's nuclear program. The memo also pledges to eliminate ISI Section S, which is charged with maintaining relations with the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, etc.

 

Furthermore, under the new national security teamís guidance, it also commits to fully cooperating with the Indian government in bringing to account all of the perpetrators of Pakistani origin of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, whether they are outside or inside government, including Pakistan's intelligence services.

 

This is all very serious. Only an independent inquiry will expose the real conspiracy behind this.

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