Farewell to Haqqani: US lauds ousted Pakistani diplomat

By AFP
Published: November 24, 2011
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Mark Toner says State Dept appreciated Husain Haqqani's support for US-Pakistan relations. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Mark Toner says State Dept appreciated Husain Haqqani's support for US-Pakistan relations. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday praised the service of Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani, ousted after being accused of urging the Americans to stop the Pakistani military from seizing power.

Spokesman Mark Toner said the State Department had not yet received formal notification from Pakistan about Haqqani’s resignation and his replacement, but acknowledged Islamabad’s appointment of democracy advocate Sherry Rehman as the new envoy.

“We certainly look forward to working together with her as we continue to build a strong, cooperative relationship between our two countries,” Toner said.

“We have appreciated Ambassador Haqqani’s strong support for US-Pakistan relations throughout his tenure.”

Haqqani was forced to quit on Tuesday following claims he was behind a memo asking then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admiral Mike Mullen, to help prevent a military coup after the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The memo was revealed by US businessman Mansoor Ijaz in an opinion piece in Britain’s Financial Times on October 10.

Haqqani has denied any wrongdoing, and his departure was seen as forced by the military with US-Pakistani relations as fraught as ever.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 24, 2011 - 11:35AM

    ousted? He resigned from the job
    Thats what you are supposed to do when you become highly controversial

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  • powerball
    Nov 24, 2011 - 12:34PM

    He was forced to quit? I thought he voluntarily offered to resign last week!

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 24, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Make what you like of this charade, but this is going to be big mistake for Pakistan, in their relations with USA.
    They really needed someone well known and familar with the inner workings of Washington, especially with a view to their strained relationship and mistrust between the two nations.
    Additionally there are various Aid related issues which Pakistan needs to resolve ASAP as they are likely to be in serious finanacial Cauldron in near future.

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  • Nov 24, 2011 - 1:57PM

    PM ASKED him to quit

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  • Sirat-ul-mustaqeem
    Nov 24, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Hang him !!!!

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  • Cautious
    Nov 24, 2011 - 8:44PM

    For those who seem hell bent on haranguing your former Ambassador – what’s the recommended procedure when your civilian govt is on the verge of being overthrown by a military?

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 24, 2011 - 11:56PM

    American Ambassador sitting in Pakistan embassy in Washington DC,sacked in Pakistan by Pak administration.

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  • sid rush
    Nov 26, 2011 - 5:18AM

    US: We are always pround of our citizens who have taken oothe to bear arms for protection of USA. HH is alwys welcome back home, now he can work in CIA fulltime after his deputaion with other country.

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  • Noor
    Dec 23, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Justified Farewell!

    After all, he was their man, it is again proven.

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  • Danish
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:51PM

    Salutes for haqqani who hain the kindly attentions of a great nation. And lucky hussain haqqaniRecommend

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