Wednesday, November 23, 2011

First Memo casualty Hussain Haqqani Forced to Resign

Resignation ended only one act in the controversy titled memogate.Haqqani was forced to resign after Zardari & Gilani was left with no choice in front of incriminating evidence. He may not be allowed to leave country pending probe.The critical step came after Mr Haqqani held a prolonged meeting with President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Army Chief Gen Kayani and ISI chief Gen Pasha, at which he was asked questions about the memo he had allegedly sent to Admiral Mike Mullen through businessman Mansoor Ijaz, an American citizen of Pakistani origin.

Haqqani in his book ‘Pakistan between Mosque and military’, had analysed and traced the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and military, and disparaging Pakistan and its army.Indeed, Ijaz Mansoor is as dubious character as Hussain Haqqani is. However, there is a perception that even if Haqqani can prove that he is not involved in memo scandal, his role in issuing visas to CIA operatives and his book in which he demonised Pakistan and its institutions were enough to deserve his sack. After Haqqani’s briefing, the top civil and military leadership agreed to an inquiry into
so-called memogate scandal. A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said Haqqani was asked to resign and there would be an investigation into the memo. The state television reported acceptance of envoy’s resignation by the PM.

After Haqqani’s resignation, Iffat Gardezi has been made acting ambassador to the US and speculations have already started about the likely successor of Mr Haqqani. According to official sources PM Gilani ordered a ‘detailed investigation at an appropriate level’. Well-placed sources told The Nation that prime minister issued the directives after consolations with ISI DG Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha. Sources further said that the briefing and resignation of Husain Haqqani was followed by a high level meeting at Aiwan-e-Sadr among the President Zardari, PM Gilani, Army Chief Gen Kiyani and DG ISI Pasha.
An independent high-level, high-powered probe under the Supreme Court’s oversight must be instituted unfailingly to know the truth and the whole truth. The probe must have investigative access to the top. There can be no holy cows when it comes to the nation’s sovereignty, solidarity and dignity. And no diplomatic niceties should be allowed to stand in the way of unraveling the entire truth. A complete harmony between the state’s civil power and military power is of utmost import to face up to the dire challenges confronting the nation internally and externally.


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