F-16 jets US plans to sell to Pakistan will be used against India: Husain Haqqani

Published: December 9, 2015
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Former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani warned Washington the F-16 fighter jets it plans to sell to Islamabad will be used against India instead of militants.

“Unless Pakistan changes its worldview and its compulsive competition with its much larger neighbour even in violation of international commitments, American weapons will end up being used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed against jihadists,” Haqqani said.

In October, it was reported that the Obama administration was preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, an overture intended to bolster a tenuous partnership despite persistent concerns about Islamabad’s ties to elements of the Taliban and quickly expanding nuclear arsenal.

US set to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan

Terming the sale of such military hardware and even reported talk of a civil nuclear deal an appeasement policy towards Pakistani military, Haqqani urged the US to remind the Pakistani leadership that their ambition of rivalling India is akin to Belgium trying to rival France and Germany.

The former envoy contended in his remarks ahead of a Congressional hearing on ‘Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences to the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ that “the Obama administration’s consideration of a nuclear deal with Pakistan, just like its decision a few months ago to sell almost US1 billion dollar in US-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will fuel conflict in South Asia without fulfilling the objective of helping the country fight extremists or limit its nuclear arsenal.”

Haqqani’s advice to Pakistan: Stop ‘competing’ with India

Earlier this year, the US State Department approved Pakistan’s request to purchase US-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment valued at almost $1 billion, aimed at fighting insurgent’s in the country.

Haqqani alleged that Pakistan’s failure to tackle its extremist challenge reflects an absence of will not lack of arms.

“Unless Pakistan changes its worldview and its compulsive competition with its much larger neighbour even in violation of international commitments, American weapons will end up being used to fight India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed against militants,” he said.

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Haqqani, who is currently serving as director of South & Central Asia at the Hudson Institute, said US is feeding Pakistan’s delusion of being India’s regional military rival by providing it with military aid and selling equipment. “Seeking security against a much larger neighbour is a rational objective but seeking parity with it on a constant basis is not,” he said.

He further maintained that unlike other countries, Pakistan did not raise an army to match the threats it faces, adding that at independence Pakistan inherited 33 per cent of British India’s army, raised for the Second World War and has since sought to identify threats that match the size of that army.

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Urging US lawmakers not to allow military and civilian hardliners in Pakistan to pursue unwinnable competition with India, Haqqani said it is time, the US adopted a policy towards Pakistan that supports the aspirations of its people for a better standard of living.

“The US government has been giving the signal that Pakistan is too important for the US to ignore, which reinforces all of Pakistan’s wrong policies. These are policies that both the US and a significant section of the Pakistani intelligentsia would like changed,” Haqqani said.

The article originally appeared on The Economic Times.

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Reader Comments (125)

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:14PM

    This Haqqani agent doesn’t even surprise us anymore!

    Carry on its your job and you are paid for this so lets not blame him :)Recommend

  • sohaib
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:15PM

    india has huge caches of lethal advanced weaponry and has “right wing” , anarchist party and an alleged mass murderer a p.m … Pakistan has the right to defend itself from threats posed either by external or internal factors.. mr. haqqani should at least learn some ground realities and stop this disgusting pakibashing .. I don’t understand what forces him to give such remarks which are so flawed.. I don’t understand why he hate Pakistan ?Recommend

  • JA
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:15PM

    See how loyalty changes? this man was ever Pakistan’s ambassadorRecommend

  • Indialover
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Great man. Speaks the truth. I fear for his lifeRecommend

  • imran
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:24PM

    Haqqani has an axe to grind against Pakistan for his dismissal from the ambassadorship position. Nobody takes him seriously in Pak because everybody knows where his true sympathies lie. Recommend

  • samir
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:25PM

    This guy is a disgraceRecommend

  • GKA
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Oh no – I thought we were to be used against Cambodia !Recommend

  • mirestan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:26PM

    Product of PPP and Zerdai. This guy is idiot, If India attack Pakistan than Pakistan will use any thing they have to defend them self. Husain Haqqani is enemy agent, I request Government of Pakistan to put him on trial and confiscate his property and investigate all his relatives live in Pakistan. No second thoughtRecommend

  • jg
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Why even care what this cheap sell off saysRecommend

  • Strategic death
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Mr. Hussain Haqqani is an intellectual and well informed person who works with a leading think-tank in U.S.

    It is just that he always speaks the truth which some dark forces in pak doesnt like to reach to the people of Pak. Recommend

  • Fast
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Come on!!we are making better planes than f-16 in form of jf-17 and you are thinking we are eager to buy f-16.Interesting!!! We just want to play f-16 diplomacy with usa to strengthen our ties.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:30PM

    But why sweet sire . what has India done to you ? Recommend

  • Faisal Gondal
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:34PM

    Pakistan wants equality and peace , not war. Under the UN Charter’s article 2(1) , all Members are equal .He is misinterpreting Pakistan’s intentions.He has become overtly irrational and anti-Pakistan .Recommend

  • M
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:41PM

    And this guy was our Ambassador to the US and a related party to the infamous Memogate scandal!Recommend

  • Point
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:42PM

    When there is no war, stop your non-sense with it!! Recommend

  • Old Ravian
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Imagine that this guy was Pakistan’s choice as ambassador to USA in the most important times. How much harm must have he done to Pakistan at that time. Recommend

  • shafi
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:45PM

    @haqqani, wat abt indian su 30, Rafaela that will be used against pak, give same advice to russia and France ,Mr .ambassador standard of living can be raised if our politician stop their corruption just like u did ,got salary on pak tax payer money and then become indian ambassadorRecommend

  • Rasool
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:52PM

    He wants to get Indian sympathies but remember as if he betrays his country he can do with India too. Haqqani is man with no character Recommend

  • waqas
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:52PM

    Why this person is very dear to India ? Obviously, the arms are bought to treat the threats. Doesn’t matter whoever the threats are, India/Taliban.Recommend

  • Logic
    Dec 9, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Real question mark on the credibility of Hudson Institute, at least for Pakistanis, since this guy is director of South & Central Asia.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:01PM

    I wonder who this man works for. Recommend

  • abu noor
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:04PM

    What’s wrong with this man? Can’t he sitback and enjoy the money he has made on protecting AZ’s interests in the US?Recommend

  • Fariha Shah
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Why are we tolerant towards traitors like haqqani.?? Pakistani Govt should immediately terminate his citizenship and take strict legal action against his baseless accusations. Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:10PM

    US just need money and pakistan wants arm to compete with India.

    Most of the brilliant Pakistanis have migrated to western countries just because of mistrust against pakistani government.Now those Ex-pakistanis revealing all the truths. Recommend

  • Kamran Azim
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:16PM

    Dear HH,Tell us something new. The whole world knows about it since 1965. If any other country (other than India) attacks than it won’t be used? talk sense professor. At least for once talk something positive about Pakistan. Why so much negativity? I hope your students learn something good from you which I doubt! Recommend

  • illpopo
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:18PM

    And US don’t know about that? cheap attention seeker! Recommend

  • Bisma
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:21PM

    Haqani said truly right. Recommend

  • Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Why insult Belgium? A much more stable and prosperous country?Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:37PM

    And he was our ambassador for all these years.Recommend

  • Ali Adnan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:44PM

    I doubt this guy was a Pakistani Citizen.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:53PM

    @Mr.Haqqani: Sir, do you think that the arms India is buying will be used against US, Russia or China,certainly not.They are also Pakistan specific. Recommend

  • Osama Ashfaq
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Mr late Ambassador of US for Pakistan based in DC,

    By the same argument, the US should stop supporting or selling arms to following countries

    Israel (as against the Arab world)
    Japan (as against the Chinese)
    Taiwan (as against China)
    Ukraine (as against Russia)

    Plus what is your opinion on decade of Cuban defiance against the US for its rights where Cuba successful looked US eyeball to eyeball for decades.

    Please stop hating Pakistan to be relevant in US.

    Peace and out.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:54PM

    What a shame Zardari appointed him as Ambassador to US @Mustafa: Recommend

  • Rohit
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Don’t worry haqqani sir, Pakistan is doing exactly what India wanted….
    All India has to make sure that Pakistan keep spending each of his penny on weapons, which should’ve been spent on developmentRecommend

  • Waseem
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:58PM

    @Mustafa:
    Credit goes to Zardari for the discovery of gem of the people to represent Pakistani interest in Washington. Now we all know what does he represents all in all.
    He talk about USA and Pakistan as ‘us’ and ‘them’, enough explanation.Recommend

  • cautious
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:59PM

    Haqqani is stretching the truth here – eight F-16’s isn’t going to intimidate anyone and Pakistan has a legit need to rotate it’s aging fleet.Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2015 - 5:03PM

    imagine this guy was Pakistan’s ambassador to US,India can never have anyone more loyal.the stupid man wants Pakistan to pledge it will never use any weapons bought from US against India,even the dumb Trump must be cursing himself why he never came up with this idea.may be we can keep our weapons under lock and key and let the US ambassador have the keyRecommend

  • MSH
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:04PM

    This is what is expected of Closest aid of Zardari.The biggest threat to Pakistan.He should request for change of nationality to Government of India.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:05PM

    His position at the Hudson institute probably demands him to take a pro-Indian position.

    8 F16s are not going to threaten India.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Hussain Snake Haqqani. Thanks God PPP is not coming to power for at least a decade…. Innshallah.Recommend

  • doom
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:12PM

    Why go out of your way to state what must be painfully obvious to all parties involved?

    It’s like he’s trying to look like a planted agent. Recommend

  • z
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Come on Mr. Haqqani, please come back to Pakistan and give such statements. Be a Man.Recommend

  • jay
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Haqanni is bang on in his comments , He know pakistan all too well. one nation is a action based another is reaction based ! none of the F16 will ever be used against India, cause India is way to smart for Pakistan. The best wars are won without firing a single bullet. we all can see who is winning this war.Recommend

  • Dr. M.M.Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:22PM

    It is amazing how intelligent our former ambassdor has become after he FLED pakistan! He is quite right when he maintains that Pakistan inherited 39% of the army but that was the numerical number. The army was weaponless because India never fulfilled it’s side of the bargain of giving Pakistan it’s share of hard ware. The evil intentions of India have been since self evident. Every country has a right to enrich it’s military prepardeness. Ths sale of 12 f16 are not going to be a game changer. Our intelligent ambassdor knows surely that pakistan had payed for such jets years ago but was denied the deliverance. Pakistan survived!. Pakistan has never and can never achieve parity with India in any field except nuclear weapons. I must compliment him —he is a good writer( after all he has the state secrets with him). He has served every administration.Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2015 - 5:22PM

    Thanks for your critics. On contrary its basically help Pakistan to achieve this highly sophisticated asset. Will why not be used against enemy during the war? I am sure American are more intelligent then MR Hussain Haqqani. F-16 are not a bunker toys in Sargoda Air Base. The ground reality is they have great in fact on out law organisation like TTP. Mr Haqqani please carry on. Recommend

  • Munir
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:28PM

    Whose side is this guy on anyway? Ours or theirs?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:29PM

    I hope Haqqani realizes USA doesn’t give any consideration to his views on these matters. Also, PPP’s approach the snakes it festers within its ranks stand exposed. Recommend

  • doraiz shamsi
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:37PM

    This guy was appointed ambassador by PPP government….! rest I will leave to readers imagination.Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2015 - 5:38PM

    F-16fighters will be used against enemies of pakistan and against whoever will invade pakistan .this is to strengthen our defences.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:47PM

    He has to justify his side business as paid agent! He was caught selling Pakistan nuclear secrets to Indians when he was appointed in Colombo by Nawaz Sharif back in nineties.

    He later used by PPP and appointed as Pak ambassador in US though he served all other interest except Pakistan. He issued 2000 visas in a single day to blackwater like agencies.
    He hatched memogate and still wanted by courts in Pakistan.

    He start jumping when US even try to sell a heli to Pakistan and address US as “us” so there is nothing Pakistani about this man! He works against Pakistan interests day and night!

    He, Asma Jehangir, his wife, Sethi and his wife they all flock together for obvious reasons. Recommend

  • MSH
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:52PM

    This is what PPP is consists of .Will the So called Shurfa and progressive lawyers Like Asma Jhangir ,Aitizaz Ahsan will open their mouth against the shameful Ex Ambassador.Recommend

  • Saad
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:58PM

    Says the guy who issued hundreds of visas to blackwater and CIA agents to operate freely, Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:59PM

    He spoke the truth. Recommend

  • zain
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:01PM

    This guy is something extra ordinary in our planet. Like hitler representing jewsRecommend

  • Aftab Shah
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:06PM

    Hussain Haqqani, a name synonymous with anti Pakistan rhetoric. Nothing new, he has to dance to the tunes of his masters. Unfortunate is that he represented Pakistan in US for a reasonably long time. The damage he may have inflicted on this nation could have been unprecedented. May Allah SWT safe us from such internal enemies. Recommend

  • bash gul
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:06PM

    How our diplomats who turn out to be traitors of Pakistan, are appointed by AZ. No wonder the people of Sindh are deprived of quality education and blindly follow such feudals.Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:08PM

    Mr. Haqqani, Who need enemies when people like you are alive. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:35PM

    @Rizwan:
    various intelligence agencies report on a person if he is expected to be appointed as deputy commissioner and u believe appointment of pakistan ambassador to US goes solely on wishes of civilian government? we keep civilians to bear all the blames and keep agencies for all the praises.Recommend

  • Ali P
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:40PM

    So many “patriots” in full force condemning ambassador Haqqani. In reality, Haqqani is the patriot who is telling the truths. Explains why we are going down and down out. Recommend

  • Sana
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:12PM

    Pakistan has F 16s since 1982, how many times Pakistan has used them against India?

    Mr haqqani would care to reply ?Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:14PM

    @Fariha Shah: As if he gives a flying fig about it! And pray what sort of legal actions must the govt. of Pakistan take, like warn the US government to take away from its constitution the rights it guarantees to all there, failing which declare war against them. You are entitle to the degree of naivety for yourself in private but going public with such plain stupidity is too much even for rest of your compatriots to digest. So, please! Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Truth is bitter.
    And we see people who speak against the establishment are regarded as traitors and is common in our history.
    Living in modern times with media and information flow, one to needs to validate the information one gets. He is one of the few guys abroad who wishes well not just for Pakistan but the whole sub-continent in general, so take some time before criticizing him, just because.

    I would like people to view and hear his presentations, lectures and challenge him if he is wrong.Recommend

  • India
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:25PM

    Its you who is misinterpreting. Keep doing it. Why don’t you seek parity with US then? According to Pakistan US has abandoned it all the time. Keep living in your al Bakistan Pond.@Faisal Gondal: Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:43PM

    As a highly conceited person, Husain Haqani gets terribly upset over the fact that he does not seem to be getting as much attention as he thinks he deserves, and on merit. Therefore, he tries his best to remain in the news and one way of doing that is to make all sorts of statements about Pakistan. And lacking ethics and decency, he is prepared to go to any length to defame and harm Pakistan. And it is not exactly for the first time that he has indulged in what could only be described as mudslinging.

    And among other things, he claims that the eight F-16 that the US is offering Pakistan will be used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed against jihadists. This is as stupid as one can get. God forbid, if there was a war with India, it would be a nuclear one and in that, these eight F-16s will not really matter much. And it is through aerial bombardments combined with ground operations which has enabled Pakistani troops to throw the terrorists out of their strongholds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and these additional aircraft will definitely boost Pakistan’s capacity against what Haqqani calls jihadists.

    Surely, Pakistan does not need Hussain Haqqani’s words of wisdom to realize that if it embarked on competition with India, it will do so only at its own peril, and just the economic burden of this all will crush it.

    It was not all that far back that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi boasted about India breaking up Pakistan. And as Modi was hurling all sorts of threats and abuse at Pakistan, his commanders were involved in unprovoked firing across the line of control and working boundary, killing innocent Pakistanis, while also threatening cold-start and expressing desire to give us ‘pain.’ Obviously, in these circumstances, Pakistan can not neglect its defence and is compelled to main full-spectrum nuclear deterrence.

    How far removed from reality the person is can be judged by his statement that the sale of around one billion US dollar worth of attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will fuel conflict in South Asia whereas actually Pakistan needs all this for its fight with the militants and terrorists against whom it has used air power on a massive scale in order to attack them in difficult, hilly terrain with a view to softening the targets, before launching the ground assault.

    Haqqani also says that unlike other countries who determine their troop strength on the basis of threat perception, Pakistan just maintains a massive force and then goes around inventing threats to justify the troop strength. However, in the circumstances where there have been quite a few wars between the two countries, and India in fact dismembered Pakistan, Pakistan’s threat perception is not just imaginary but is based on the bitter experiences and threat level, just like it should be.

    Luckily, after the initial outburst of anger and hostility, Narendra Modi seems to be mellowing down a bit. Maybe bitter opposition to his extremist policies in India as well as persuasion by the world leaders has persuaded Modi to change his outlook towards Pakistan. Indian foreign is already on a visit to Pakistan while Modi’s visit is planned for next year. All these are very positive developments and hopefully thing will get better still with the passage of time.

    It is about time leaders in India and Pakistan realized that the past wars and aggressive postures have not helped them, their countries or their people in any away, and at least for the sake of suffering masses these leaders of poor countries ought to solve their problems, instead of creating new ones. And this continued aggression and hostility helps no one. There are signs that this reality has finally dawned on the leaders of the two neighbours.

    KarachiRecommend

  • Prada
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:46PM

    I love Haqqani !!
    He speaks the truth and nothing but the truth. May God give him a long life !!Recommend

  • TP
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Neither the jets or the Russian choppers will ever be delivered to Pakistan. US congress will shoot down the F16 deal. Russians will not sell anything that can be used against India. They were announcements made to save face. Nothing more, nothing less.Recommend

  • Khawar Butt
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:01PM

    If Altaf Hussain’s speeches can be barred why not his ?Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:23PM

    Patriotism is not buying jets, tanks and guns and taking the country to needless wars like Kargil. Patriotism is taking the country away from futile wars. He is the true ambassador of Pakistan, not like warmongers who only bring shame to our country. Recommend

  • Asad Hasan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:30PM

    In Urdu there is a saying “Aasteen ka sanp” roughly translated as ” A snake up your sleeve”. Need we say more about (sigh) our erstwhile ambassador. A coward one at that….as he dare not say such words when in Pakistan…..but I forget…he is personna non-grata here; likely to be handcuffed as soon as steps ashore!Recommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:35PM

    @ivehadit:
    Have you no idea why only eight F-16 planes and not more planes in this lot ??? Does one think that this 8 will make any difference to Hindu-stan ?? They think no, but one should look for places below the skin much deeper below the skin; and may find the real reason; It looks like these 8 may be the latest and the greatest with all the top of the line defense and assault equipment, defensive and attack electronics, radars, electronic counter-counter measures systems and target acquisition systems.. with 2 position cockpit and minimum of 8 hard points plus a special purpose special function under fuselage rack; That is where the secret is; If one knows what that rack is, then really one should be very afraid of these 8 planes and one should be very brave and ready to do what is necessary to teach a lesson to ensure a permanently engraved physical, mental and embryonic stage impact to most of the special humans in the neighborhood who think that they have become supermen of the region; Recommend

  • AFGHAN
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:40PM

    Funny thing is he is telling the truth majority of terrorist networks are openly living in cities you do not need f 16s for that you need police action. Until Pakistan gives up its good terrorist bad terrorist policy Hussein Haqqani is telling the truth. Pakistan must not give safe havens to terrorist. Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:40PM

    @Skywalker: I am willing to debate him any time in Pakistan. Dare he come ? His love for pakistan is so strong that he denied participating in” memogate scandle” and when the going got tough he jumped the boat taking his precious “MOBILE” with him. Was he a career diplomat—NO
    I assure you i have read all his books. He is intelligent, articulate and loyal to his masters whoever they may be. This is called the art of survival.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:01PM

    @Indialover:

    You said: “I fear for his life.”

    I get fearful when an Indian fears for a Pakistani’s life. Recommend

  • Gul,H
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:06PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    Writing long essays does not change the reality but reinforces the delusions that have destroyed our nation ..every fear about Pakistan,s direction came true including last weeks role in California. We need people who are realistic not essay writers who are blind to terrible facts and worries engulfing our nation!! So please …Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Is he the same guy who ranaway from country with the excuse of health, and with the promise of coming back. A prestigious institute in a country like America must review their decision of taking this characterless man on their faculty.Recommend

  • moiez
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:15PM

    Is Haqqani the new Donald “the fear monger” Trump of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2015 - 9:20PM

    From the Jamaat e Islami to PPP and then into PMLN and BACK to PPP. What do you think of this man? Are we not fed up of this turncoat? SalamsRecommend

  • Hasan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:24PM

    Belgium vs France comparison is absolutely insane

    Belgium and France are not hostile to each other, while Pakistan and India are hostile neighbors.

    A better comparison would be Israel vs the Arab world of 1967, where Israel being significantly smaller in size, population and resources continued to out-match the arab rivals by spending heavily on defenseRecommend

  • Scorpion Forever
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:32PM

    Neither the article nor the refrain in the comments are surprising. But Pakistan definitely needs to guard against overspending on arms at the cost of development. The need to maintain the primacy of the Army has to be curbed. There’s a lot to be done in Pakistan, as in India. Perhaps Pakistan needs to stop at trying to establish parity with India just as India needs to stifle its desire to equal China. Both appear unattainable at the moment. Deterrence, in whatever form, has been achieved. South Asia is the home of the world’s poor and deprived. Let us not forget that. Nawaz Mian needs to find spine to say that and put into practice pragmatic development policies rather than pursue this archaic line of thought. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:41PM

    @Rohit:

    On that same standard, rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer in India. Stop worrying about Pakistan, worry about India. It is interesting how much time Indians spend bragging about Indian economy. Here is a dose of reality. These are documented facts and could be verified. According to time.com:

    India Is Home to More Poor People Than Anywhere Else on Earth.
    India also accounted for the highest number of under-five deaths in the world, with 1.4 million children not reaching their fifth birthday.

    Another statistics according to BBC:

    “Eight Indian states account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined, a new measure of global poverty has found.”Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:45PM

    @jay:

    Why don’t you let us in that secret too? Who is winning the war, Sherlock?? Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:53PM

    @TP:

    So? Pakistan is building own fighter jets and may not even need any. I know you cannot stand anything good happening to Pakistan.

    By the way, how how do you jealous Indians feel about S&P boosting Pakistani credit ratings?Recommend

  • Nasser
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:08PM

    You don’t need enemies when having such friends. Recommend

  • Rozik
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:56PM

    Mr. Haqqani may have his personal interests. But he may be telling the truth! The United States can go to any extent in order to satisfy its Capitalists’ interests. This is evident from the WW1, WW2, 9/11, Iraq & now ISIS. (Yes US admin itself planned each and everyone of these attacks killing millions of people even in the US soil-9/11!). They create problems which would benefit their defense industries or satisfy their economic interests. A war between the neighbours India and Pakistan is like a mouth-watering situation for them. It would benefit the US defense Industry, which is suffering a budget cut. Of course Pakistan needs to boost its national security. We must not be surprised if in the near future a huge terrorist attack is done in any of the Indian cities and its blame given to Pakistan, provoking India to attack Pakistan. US diplomacy and CIA really don’t care for any people. All they want is to satisfy their capitalists boss.Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:57PM

    In the presence of such traitors May Allah save Pakistan. He sure is paid Indian agents, who had created Memo Gate scandal. These sorts of pest should just be killed in public.Recommend

  • LS
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:04PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    He is much more respect outside Pakistan. People don’t make you Director of Hudson Institute for no reason. He has more cred that any Pakistani inside or outside of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:11PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi: O’ yeah, so Pakistan does not need Ambassador Haqqani or his wisdom. You mean to say, anymore. May be because it is not available anymore. Remember, his wisdom was needed and utilized by both prime minister B Bhutto and Nawaz Shareef during their democratically elected governments as well as the Chief Minister of Punjab before that and the latest was by the elected government of the PPP. So let’s not be so ungrateful to Haqqani and let’s give the man the credit due. After all so devoid of the thing called wisdom Mr Haqqani could not be unless we are collectively so stupid.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:33PM

    A discredited man trying to restore his credibility……and discrediting himself further.Recommend

  • Gul,H
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:35PM

    What is terribly worrying is the mindset of the commentators from Pakistan, while haqqani has wavered, his comments on our nations misplaced priorities are right and undeniable and truth seems to hurt a lot to these commentators who do not seem to have any sense where we stand.
    It is not taliban we need to worry about, but people with this delusional mindset and these people are more responsible for likes of tafseen malik who are defaming pakistan. Same folks commenting here denied that Bin Laden was in Pakistan until he was caught!! Haqqani is heard and is Right!!!!! Recommend

  • SNKN
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:48PM

    Shame on you HaqqaniRecommend

  • globalobserver
    Dec 10, 2015 - 12:04AM

    @shafi:

    The difference is, India pays for what it buys while Pakistan gets its American weapons paid for American taxpayers in one form or the other.Recommend

  • AA
    Dec 10, 2015 - 12:10AM

    Dear Mr. Haqani, rest assured Gen. Raheel has already pledged solemnly in his recent visit to the US, that if Pakistan had a war with India, he will use only danda and nothing else. He wanted to pay Lockheed Martin for F-16s only to return the money US is paying for services rendered by our soldiers cleaning the mess they have created in our North West, these will be kept under lock-and-key for decoration purposes as a souvenir of his visit, not to defend the country at all.Recommend

  • Hassan Shah
    Dec 10, 2015 - 12:36AM

    Character Less! Cheap publicity tactics to remain in News somehow. Recommend

  • Shaukat ali
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:18AM

    Everyday this guys statements are getting more anti Pakistan. How is he allowed to continue like this?Recommend

  • Minority report
    Dec 10, 2015 - 2:06AM

    Well Mr. HH..USA also knows this but will still go ahead; as an illusion of receiving some chocolates is a better trick to manage behavior of an angry tantrum throwing kid if it keeps behaving well and listens to instructions…Makes sense!!Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 10, 2015 - 2:44AM

    Revoke the nationality of this renegade. He sounds more Indian than Pakistani.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Dec 10, 2015 - 3:21AM

    @Rizwan We cannot say about Zardari. He never said any thing against Pakistan because Pakistan made him ZAR Dary. Why he appointed Haqqani ambassador is a hundred dollar question. There is no doubt that this man have a doubtful past and character.Rightly said his property in Pakistan be confiscated and deprived of Pakistan citizenship. It will not effect him because eh must be having a green card: Recommend

  • Hassan G
    Dec 10, 2015 - 5:52AM

    Go fly a kite, Husain Haqqani! Preferably in India.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 10, 2015 - 6:35AM

    @Lakhkar Khan: You are planning to fight a war with JF-17 ??
    Good luck with that. If the aircraft is really that good, why would PAF require F16? Recommend

  • komal s
    Dec 10, 2015 - 6:39AM

    Good to see Pakistan also has a Mani Shankar Iyer, except Mr. Iyer does not have to flee the country to make his comments.Recommend

  • AKA
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:02AM

    @Strategic death: TELL HAKANI TO FACE CORRUPT CHARGES IN COURT AND COME TO PAKISTANRecommend

  • N
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:44AM

    Despite of his fluid personality and working beyond his mandate for Pakistan, his argument is valid or at least worth consideration. We can not compete militarily with india. We can defend ourself and thanks to our nukes we are not an easy meal for India. But when will this security centered policies of Pakistan get reconsideration? Only when India will act maturely and instead of competing and bullying Pakistan will take initiative for co operation. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:56AM

    @mirestan: So this is what Pakistani justice system is like. Put someone on trial for expressing his opinion and before the result of the trial confiscate his property and even that of his relatives even though they have nothing to do with his opinions and may not even support him. Recommend

  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:05AM

    If Mr. Haqqani guarantee India will not use any of its purchase weapon system from USA/Israil against Pakistan then we can guarantee the same.Recommend

  • ULoose
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:41AM

    Hussain Haqqani, the former Pak foreign minister was the biggest looser and became a villain of same caliber. Remember dear sir; No-mater who took your honor; You just proved your incompetence. What few F16 going to do to India if; according to them, we already have 200 plus nuclear missile aimed at them? Beside of course 200 plus modern fighter jets of good breed & cast. Plus Russian Gunship & American Advance combat and attack helicopters; World class submarines with fool proof missile guidance system on board and now homemade drones. So much, that now even India don’t complain about Pak receiving F-16s.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Dec 10, 2015 - 9:42AM

    M@JA: money changes everything broRecommend

  • Ghulam Ali
    Dec 10, 2015 - 10:22AM

    The freedom to criticize is necessary in a vibrant democracy but when it turns into a biased attitude it becomes destructive intimidation always vouching for some sanction. While a constructive criticism binds up a nation’s wounds, biased criticism opens it up for the whole world. It’s up to Hussain Haqqani to decide whether he intends to return to his erstwhile reputation of being a fair analyst or he plans to remain an irksome critic of affairs in Pakistan.

    http://frontlinepakistan.blogspot.com/2015/06/easier-to-be-critical-than-correct.htmlRecommend

  • S
    Dec 10, 2015 - 10:59AM

    @AFGHAN:
    No terrorist network is freely running in our cities otherwise you would be seeing bomb blasts everyday. However, same can’t be said for Afghanistan where majority of areas are controlled by Taliban. Shouldn’t you worry about that?

    On topic I don’t know why we are wasting our time on Adnan Sami Khan when we should have revoked nationality of this scumbag. Frankly, PPP should be tried in court for even appointing this guy as our ambassador. Recommend

  • Rabia
    Dec 10, 2015 - 11:31AM

    One must remember before believing this man that he is the person who was trialed under memo gate scandal. This man only works for money and if we have to use f-16s against India we must have as we do have these jets before so giving a propagandastic statements is the old habit of getting front face in media. Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2015 - 1:37PM

    @Indialover:
    Will you endorse Arundati Roy’s statement about Indian occupation of J&K because you like truth.Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:42PM

    No. He is correct. He calls the things as he sees them.@samir: Recommend

  • Kickass
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Why did you leave your wife behind when you fled the country? Recommend

  • Sahibzada
    Dec 10, 2015 - 3:01PM

    Mir Jaffar of the present
    time.Recommend

  • Molana Dieso
    Dec 10, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Mr Haqqani do you think India’s 3000 tanks will cross over Himalayas and attack China or they are able to cross the Indian Ocean to explore Africa. Have some sense man. Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:14PM

    @jay:
    You Indians loving his comments proves who he is and was always working for.Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:16PM

    @Shakil Ahmed Khan:
    Haqqani is still angry at Pakistan because we never trusted him, the US intelligence knows full well what these F16s would be used for, and they are okay to be used in self defense if India attacks and everyone knows that is fine.

    Most importantly, many Indians here love his statements, so you know in reality he was always a Indian agent, and it is Zardari and PPP who is anti Pakistan and are all agents of India and can never be trusted.

    Never allow the PPP to come to power, Hussein Haqqani should be an eye opener. NEVER FORGET.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:31PM

    @Prada:

    At least Pakistan has a backup plan with building own jets. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:32PM

    @Prada:

    I bet you love Haqqani, you and the rest of billion Hindus.Recommend

  • sterry
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:49PM

    @Munir: I think that no one takes this guy seriously – even in the USA. After all when a guy is so one sided against the nation he was supposed to represent at one time, it tells everyone about his character. He is so eager to badmouth the nation he served – what will he say about his home in the US when he gets offered money or a home somewhere else. The Americans and the media are not so easily fooled by such a character. He is not an impartial or honest commentator so he has lost any credibility he may once have had. Of course any country will use any weapons system to defend itself in the face of aggression. Recommend

  • mazhar
    Dec 10, 2015 - 9:47PM

    he is proving hus traitorship… alas on those who spared him.in.memo gate scandalRecommend

  • stevenson
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:06AM

    @mazhar: These types of people only make fools of themselves. He has made a joke of himself by saying whatever he needs to justify his job and receive media coverage!Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:55AM

    Haqqni spoke the truth. Just because truth hurts, it doesn’t mean what he says isn’t correct.Recommend

  • PEERZADA
    Dec 20, 2015 - 1:40AM

    IT DOES NOT SURPRISE PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW THIS MAN MR HAQQANI. HE IS OPENING UP NOW TO REVEAL HIS TRUE IDENTITY. HE WOULD HAVE NO DIFFERENT RESULT OF OTHER TRAITORS OF PAKISTAN. THE COUNTRY WHICH INTO EXISTENCE ON 27TH OF RAMADAN. ALLAH SWT LOOKS AFTER THIS COUNTRY. Recommend

  • AFGHAN
    Dec 20, 2015 - 10:37AM

    That’s why Pakistan is seeing suffering from separatists and ethnic problems. Pakistan failed as a state when Pakistan was broken into two states. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 20, 2015 - 9:08PM

    @AFGHAN:

    Pakistan is not a failed state but naive for sure. I wish it never got involved in Afghan war when Russians invaded.

    Wali Khan baba said it the best, “Afghan war is NOT a jehad, it is a fassad.”Recommend

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