Pakistan's Ambassador to US, Husain Haqqani offers resignation

Published: November 17, 2011

Ambassador Haqqani was earlier summoned to return to Islamabad and brief the President.

WASHINGTON: Sources say Ambassador Husain Haqqani has offered to resign from his post as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States. According to the source, the Ambassador wrote a letter to President Zardari saying that he had not defamed nor undermined Pakistan’s armed services.

Sources added that Ambassador Haqqani told the President that he was being targeted for vilification by innuendo.

The Pakistani Ambassador was unavailable for comment.

The letter comes days after the Government called Ambassador Haqqani back to Pakistan. At the time, an embassy spokesperson said that Husain Haqqani would leave for Pakistan after “fulfilling his already scheduled meetings with congressmen and other senior US officials.”

(Read: PPP Core Committee meeting: President to summon Hussain Haqqani for briefing)

Following the publishing of that report, the Ambassador tweeted in response to a question from a follower that summons for a briefing by the President was a normal event.

Another source claimed that Ambassador Haqani said that he had never really wanted the job in the first place and only did it for democracy and the President.

The source added that the Ambassador said that he has offered to resign and was happy to be a part of any inquiry, and that his fate is in the hands of the President.

The source said that the Ambassador will be travelling to Pakistan in the coming days as he had been asked to.

Rumours about the Ambassador’s role in the allegations levelled by Mansoor Ijaz about the memo to Mullen on the sacking of Pakistan’s generals and the involvement of President Zardari and Ambassador Haqqani in the plan have been doing the rounds for days in Pakistan and the United States.

Reports of Haqqani’s offer to resign came hours after the Ambassador addressed a breakfast meeting organised by a US newspaper, where he talked about US-Pakistan relations.

Addressing the breakfast meeting, Ambassador Haqqani said, “The average American does not look upon Pakistan as a reliable ally. The average Pakistani does not look upon the United States as a friend.”

Sources also denied rumours that Ambassador Haqqani had moved out of his official residence.

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Adil
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:36AM

    Mr Haqqani. YOUR FIREDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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  • Bajwa
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Good riddance!

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  • shak
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:41AM

    finally……….he is going.

    i have no problem with haqqani’s personal views that pakistan needs to control the military…..however when you represent a country abroad, you have to put your own political agenda aside and represent the country in the best light……..

    he has been going around and undermining his own country’s military……for better or for worse, military is the only institution that has solid leadership/command and control and that can provide support to the nation in time of dire need, we can disagree on political motives of some of the generals but we shouldn’t undermined the military

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  • F Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:42AM

    So it means that HH is accepting that he was the one who passed the memo to Mansoor Ejaz from AZ for Admiral Mullen. I think HH is being made a scapegoat to save humiliation for AZ. YRG please accept HH resignation before he changes his mind to offer his resignation and now this time let us have a Pakistan ambassador to the US and not US ambassador to Pakistan. Look at the pity of our democracy that now the most powerful PM in the h/o Pakistan(post 18th amendment) will ask the constitutionally lame duck president should I accept HH resignation.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:44AM

    What a thankless job — anyone who watched the telecast of the Ambassador meeting with US Senators after the OBL disaster would get a small taste of just how tough a job it is being an Ambassador to a country which plays both sides of the fence.

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  • faraz
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:46AM

    So the allegation was true!

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  • Imran Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:47AM

    He should be brought back to Pakistan and trialed for his impudence. But he won’t come back like Altaf Hussain and Pervez Musharraf

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  • Mujtaba Sarwar
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:48AM

    Pakistan’s loss if he actually resigns.

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  • Usman
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:51AM

    Mr. Haqqani, don’t try to blame the military for putting pressure on you, your back chanel letter was published in the Financial Times who thoroughly check their sources before printing. You should be tried for treason.

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  • Ali
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:51AM

    This is extremely sad. The military has had a very controversial history with the civilian leadership( as Haqqani himself wrote in his book in 2005). After he was appointed Ambassador, despite his apprehensions about the military, he left it all behind in order to start afresh with democracy an military working together.

    For four years he has been taking PUNCHES left and right from American media and government, yet he was debunking and “spin-doctoring” every allegation leveled against the military and the civilian administration. The Establishment saw him as a threat even though they fail to realize that were it not for Haqqani’s continuous work in U.S.A. promoting Pak’s image, we might have well stopped getting the aid that the military secretly has always wanted despite what they show in public.

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  • Pundit
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:55AM

    “Pakistan’s Ambassador to US, Husain Haqqani ‘offers’ to resign:
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually its Pres Zardari who should be resigning.

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  • Mudassar.R
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:57AM

    i really dont him to resign,,,i want him to be sacked with humiliation…people like him have and can only damage a country,,,they are just good for themselves…
    you know this was the main guy with shareef brothers when they were making fake cases against BB & zardari and now he is best friend of zardari…and he accpeted job for zardari , what a joke….
    i dont like BB or zardari but at least a person should have a stance on anything apart from money and power lust.

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  • Insider
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Ambassador Haqani said that he had never really wanted the job in the first place and only did it for democracy and the President.

    !!!NOT FOR PAKISTAN !!!

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  • Tahir
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Hurry up and accept his resignation. NRO beneficiary, corrupt, never thinks in pakistans interest.

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  • Shayan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:29AM

    Oh really! So we have to wait for an offer before we can fire you!

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  • y khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:43AM

    This is a sad day for democracy and a huge win for the establishment. Ambassador Haqqani was one of our best ambassadors and really fought hard to make Pakistan’s case in the highly charged environment in Washington. Specially post 02 may 2011, when the Pakistani establishment was caught red handed with OBL, he did a terrific job pleading Pakistan’s case in the hostile environment. Sadly, I see Pakistan being led by establishments boys like Imran Khan and Shah Mahmud Qureshi in the near future. Democracy will be taking a step backwards once again.

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  • Has
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:49AM

    yeah kindly resign with your whole team. He is on the pay role of Prince group, the famous killer CEO Eric prince of black-water. Actually Haqqanni was working for American interest and Zardari knew that. Because all the scam this government has done since 2008 the money was invested in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and American Investment banks through connections of Mr Haqqani.
    Thanks to American Businessman Mansoor Ijaz he showed all his Blackberry messages to FT and Wall street journal. Still Zardari and Rehaman Malik says he is Innocent… For God sake kick PPP PML-q MQM ANP out of Pakistan.

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  • Syed
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:52AM

    Quote from Article: “Another source claimed that Ambassador Haqani said that he had never really wanted the job in the first place and only did it for democracy and the President”
    If the above is puslished word by word —- I wonder if Husain Haqqani ever thought of serving for Pakistan before democracy or President itself:)

    On other hand seems like that the Mansoor Ijaz story is showing its weight!

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  • ungrayjee Babu..
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:00AM

    Seems like senior PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party ) Staff has started to jump ship.The size of Imran Khans Rally has really helped in the future career decisions being taken by Shah Mehmood Quraishee( who wants to join fellow Aitichonian in PTI ,,,, and now Mr Haqqani…

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  • ali
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Financial times is not a tabloid. The truth is now coming out. Expect elections soon.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:27AM

    So Haqanni is getting sacked on the orders of Kayani ? Welcome to democracy. Pakistani style.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:41AM

    He feels at risk in coming to Pakistan for a number of reasons, including unsavory conditionalities against the Establishment in the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Therefore, he feels safer to resign than to travel to Islamabad, or the country he ostensibly represents. His wife Farahnaz Isphani has been a close adviser to Zardari ever since Haqqani became Ambassador. Is it not bizarre and unnatural that both husband and wife have lived separately since Haqqani has been at his post???

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  • shaukat ali
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:51AM

    This is tricky and complicated as well as sensitive matter. There is need to move cautiously and carefully without spoiling our relation with the stakeholders, Mr Haqaani is extremely criticized from media as well as common Pakistani nationals.He needs to be replaced by an acceptable apparently more palatable personality who can bridge the gaps between the two countries as well as satisfy the people of Pakistan.
    In Pakistan a balance between armed forces and political class is of great significance for smooth sailing. Both shall understand the national interests ans work within safe limits.Unfortunately the present ruling junta specially president and prime minister seems to be corrupt, and out of the way loyal to American interest rather the national interest.
    They must understand WHAT IS NATIONAL INTEREST OF PAKISTAN.

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  • SYED
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:59AM

    Haqqani is the Fall Guy.

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  • Mir Agha
    Nov 17, 2011 - 6:32AM

    Finally action against the Haqqani network!

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  • Parvez Amin
    Nov 17, 2011 - 6:32AM

    If Mr Haqqani is an American citizen, then our President has a lot of explaining to do.. Have we verified that our ambassador to India is not an Indian citizen? And our ambassador to England not a British Citizen?

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  • anybodyagree
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:03AM

    WE HATE USA ….BUT WE LOVE $$$$$….Double Standard,,,,,,????

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  • Mohinder sandhu
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:44AM

    ARMY dictating the government that who is going to be the ambassador to US.Obedient Civilians are trying to comply.Is this democracy???

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  • Ahmed Shah
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:56AM

    I have heard not only the ISI/Army was not happy but RAW also had certain reservations against him.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Haqani should have resigned much earlier.He has damaged Pakistan beyond repair.In fact he is American Ambassador sitting in Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC.Get lost.

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  • Salman
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:21AM

    Kick him out. He always has been first American than a Pakistani

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  • Nov 17, 2011 - 8:52AM

    Very nice Mr. Haqqani, save Pakistan from one US policies seller. I hope you are put under trial for giving the spies Pakistani visa under guise of diplomats.

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  • Babloo
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:59AM

    USA did not explain to the establishment what they meant, when USA demanded “action against the Haqanni network”.
    Now the “Haqanni network” is broken.

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  • Nov 17, 2011 - 9:15AM

    The charge against Haqqani is serious; shall one, tolerate to be interfered by an outsider at his home ?

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  • Rifat Iqbal
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:18AM

    It will be great service to Pakistan nation if he resigns. He has been working against the interests of Pakistan to secure US support. Pakistan has a galaxy of diplomats- it should appoint some seasoned diplomat like Muneer Akram, Maleeh Lodhi, Mushid Hussain to US. The party allegiance should not be criteria but commitment to cause.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:20AM

    Is Hussain Haqqani the guilty party in whole of this episode? Recommend

  • Truth Seeker
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:28AM

    One Haqqani has got to go. Hussain or Siraj. Choice has been made and the price will be paid.

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  • Sao Lao
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:40AM

    @Cautious:
    I’m sure every other country is filled with honesty and love.if you dont get it that was me being sarcastic. Grow up and face a real world.
    Pakistan shall protect its interests first whether you like it or not. Have guts then come face to face otherwise just stop whining

    Haqqanis are locals who have never ever harmed the state of Pakistan in any way whatsoever and there is no justification on any attack on them. If you want to take em to the courts, Most welcome.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:44AM

    It was a real tough job for HH to convince that Pakistani army was not in bed with OBL after being found in Kakul. Now all of a sudden so many Pakistanis who never “trusted Western media” are taking an opinion of just one paper as a page from a holy book! Where is their logic that this media always lie like WMD in Iraq. However, when it comes to the elected govt of Pakistan each western paper is prophetic! Big organizations like NY and LA Times, CNN are all false, except when one of them is against democracy in Pakistan. Here is another publication which gives the other side of the story but it must be false as it does not favor the protectors of terrorists!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tarek-fatah/pakistan-newsb1095960.html

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  • Shahid Kureshi
    Nov 17, 2011 - 10:12AM

    The public should now begin to understand why the military has been seizing power in our history after regular intervals. It is only now, with this free media thanks to Musharraf, that these things come out in the open. This man should not be permitted to just resign and stay put abroad. He has to return and face the music so that the nation knows clearly whether it was his personal adventure or government policy. I would personally believe it was the latter.

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  • Texan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 10:16AM

    @Insider:
    He said …. he took the position for democracy and the president !!!
    Democracy in PAKISTAN !!!
    Moron !!!

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  • Texan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 10:22AM

    @anybodyagree:
    We dont hate USA. We hate the fact that the US has double standards.
    As far as the $$$$$ is concerned. Keep it. Convince your politicians to stop paying our politicians.

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  • Salahuddin
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Good, all Goofs must be happy on this upcoming “job opportunity”. All the best guys.

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  • APK
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:59PM

    Good job with firing Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan. Well done, I say. Brilliant move. Kudos. Bravo! Wahji Wah!
    — Love,
    Your across-the-border friends.

    “Never disturb your enemy when he is committing suicide.” — Napoleon Bonaparte.

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  • bagnash
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Haqqani was the most effective Pakistani Ambassador ever. It will be a loss to Pakistan if he leaves.

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  • OhLaLa
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:41PM

    @Cautious and bangash
    Seriously? What is it about HH that dazzled the socks off you guys? What has that guy done so spectacular? If anything in the last 3 years we have the worse relations with US and that has to do with the fact, that HH panders the American viewpoint more than the Pak viewpoint. As an Ambassador your job is to sell your country’s viewpoint, protect its interests and lobby its policies. Its not about morality, butterflies and cute babies. Have you seen how aggressively Israeli and Indian diplomat lobby their interests in Washingtont, its quite admirable how they aggressively defend their policies. That is how its suppose to be and that is what HH was suppose to do, instead he spent a good training American officials on how to tightened their grip on Pakistan. He severely damaged Pak interests, and no I am not a crazy conspiracy lover, the details on HH sketchy manoeuvring have been outlined in Bob Woodwards book Obama’s War.

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  • Safia Noureen
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:40PM

    Mansoor Ijaz is on payroll of establishment and USA high officials as well. Such goons are ever willing to sell out their loyalties to their soil and conscience against few pennies. I wonder, how foolish we are that just believe and article written by Mansoor Ijaz. The memorandum he talks about, was denied by Mike Mullen at first but later a master plan was weaved to malign image of renowned and most efficient ambassador of Pakistan Hussain Haqqani and Govt and Pakistan including President Zardari. One wonders why we are neglecting important points regarding memorandum to Mike Mullen. First, It was president himself who extended tenure of General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani and ISI chief. Further more both the institution is on the same page, claimed several times by the top brass of both the institution. How can be possible that President wrote a letter to Mike Mullen? Ambassador Hussain Haqqani is a true patriot and was the strong and only link to keep Pak-US ties afloat. He saved strenuous ties between both the countries several times and indeed he is an asset. It a well hatched conspiracy to dislodge and malign image of Hussain Haqqani.

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  • Hafsa
    Nov 18, 2011 - 5:58AM

    Ambassador Haqqani’s resgnation will be Pakistan’s loss. I don’t think there is anyone who can do a better job in current circumstances.
    Not an enviable job at all, as the comments on this article show.

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