Haqqani In Capital After Aafia Case FlopFebruary 11, 2010
ISLAMABAD – In a bid to clear his position after he badly failed to pursue Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s case efficiently, Pakistan’s Ambassador to USA Hussain Haqqani called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday.
Although, Haqqani’s meeting with the premier was not a top secret as Media Section of the PM Secretariat formally released details of the meeting soon after it.
According to details shared by the PM Secretariat, the Prime Minister asked Haqqani to convey US that Pakistan wanted the Obama Administration to give due respect to the sentiments and expectations of the people of Pakistan to help bridge the trust deficit and bring the people of both the countries closer.
However, top level sources told ‘TheNation’ that Hussein Haqqani visited Islamabad to get some relief against the criticism of him by certain quarters after he badly failed to present Dr Aafia’s case before the US court.
According to some diplomatic source, Presidency and PM Secretariat were proposed by certain quarters to replace Hussain Haqqani by a suitable career-diplomat.
Feeling the heat and following the same reports, Haqqani silently landed in Islamabad on Monday and met his friends (belonging from corridors of power indeed) to get support to avert the pressure.
The sources told ‘TheNation’ that one of the purposes behind Haqqani’s visit to the town was to get bail from court after a case was re-opened against him following the NRO verdict.
It is pertinent to note that Haqqani was accused by NAB in a case filed in 1997 and was reopened after the verdict on NRO.
“We have challenged the inclusion of Hussain Haqqani’s name on the basis that this was a fabricated case in which his name was added in 1999 that remained under investigation for more than 11 years after the registration of its FIR in the year 1997 and investigation agencies persistently failed to even file a reference under NAB,’ Haqqani’s lawyer told this correspondent when contacted.
Despite trying several times, this correspondent could not contact Hussain Haqqani for getting his version till filing of this report.