Goodbye Husain Haqqani?October 12, 2009
Maleeha Lodhi On Stand-By As Possible Replacement.
Following the recent diplomatic disaster in the shape of the Kerry-Lugar Bill, this will come as pleasant news for Pakistani nationalists who had been campaigning hard for Husain Haqqani’s removal: The American Envoy to Pakistan (also known as ‘Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S.’) Mr. Haqqani may well be replaced shortly on account of serious incompetency and inability to carry out official duties.
Haqqani has been criticized widely for his particular role in the Kerry Lugar Bill and for being a watchdog of American interests in Pakistan rather than Pakistani interests in America. The charges mainly include:
- The disclosure of an extremely confidential letter which ended up in Delhi and made stories on Indian Media for days
- The granting of Visas to a number of Americans on “Ambassadorial discretion”, many of whom were identified by the security agencies and deported earlier.
- The inclusion of clauses in the Kerry Lugar Bill that directly violate the sovereignty of the nation and target the Pakistan Army.
- The damage to the Pakistani interests abroad.
There have been reports that majority of the elements in the establishment have clearly told the government to get rid of Haqqani as soon as possible. The only visible resistance comes from the president himself who is reluctant to remove this American loyalist from such a critical post. Pakistan is passing through one of the most sensitive periods in its history of 62 years and this crucial position should therefore be handled by a more competent and seasoned diplomat, is what the establishment has resolved.
The decision is said to be announced within 48 hours. It is also being said that Dr. Maliha Lodhi is the likely choice to become the next Ambassador of Pakistan in United States.