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.”
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.