Rein in Haqqani who claims credit for authoring Trump's policy, Asif tells Zardari

Statement comes hours after a top civil-military huddle rejected US president's remarks against Pakistan

News Desk August 24, 2017
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has asked Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to "rein in" former envoy to the US Hussain Haqqani for "taking credit of US President's new Afghan policy".

"President Zardari, instead of criticising [Pakistani] government, rein in [Hussain] Haqqani, his ambassador to the US, taking credit of authoring US policy President [Donald] Trump announced," Asif said in a tweet on Thursday.

Haqqani, however, responded promptly, saying "Pakistan FM should deal with the policy instead of trying to bully an exiled Pakistani on twitter."

Asif's statement came hours after a top civil-military huddle rejected Trump's remarks wherein he accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists through "safe havens" in the country. The participants resolved that scapegoating Pakistan won't bring stability in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The former ambassador to the US is not new to controversy. In March this year, he admitted facilitating the stationing of American special operations and intelligence personnel on Pakistani soil and forging links that eventually allowed Washington to carry out the raid in Abbottabad to eliminate Osama bin Laden.

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Haqqani had also indicated that while Islamabad was ‘officially kept out of the loop’, the Pakistan People’s Party-led government was aware of both the developments.


Uza Syed | 4 years ago | Reply It is heart wrenching to note that our FM has virtually displayed the helplessness of not just himself as FM but his ministry and whole of our system to stand up for our case vis-a-vis this one individual.
Haji Atiya | 4 years ago | Reply @Izzan: Now that is but one of the reasons why the US holds more "trump cards" than us; there will always be quite a few people like Haqqani always willing to sell Pakistan out for the right price or in the name of doing the right thing. Regretable to make the comparison, but this trait is much less evident in our larger neighbor to the west and the one on the east.
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