The Magnificent Delusions of Husain Haqqani

Published: September 28, 2015


PHOTO: EXPRESS The writer is a barrister and columnist. He tweets 

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a simple story: the animals rise up against their human masters, take over the farm, and cry liberation. But some beasts are bolder than others: slowly but surely, a new tyranny emerges under the pigs.

And in Animal Farm — a satire of the Soviet nightmare — we find Squealer the pig, a mouthpiece for leader (and fellow swine) Napoleon.

Squealer has “twinkling eyes” and “nimble movements”. He’s “a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point, he would skip side to side … the others said of Squealer he could turn black into white.” Yes, Squealer’s spin is vital to the porkers’ takeover.

None of this, of course, is to draw a comparison to the esteemed Mr Husain Haqqani — after all, Squealer remained loyal to the pigs throughout. But the former ambassador’s scruples are his greatest strength: a selective amnesia that’s spun him 180 degrees; from a student at KU, to a wise man on world affairs at Boston University today.

Which is why the man from the IJT now sounds like he’s joining the BJP (stand warned Sanghis, he’ll break your saffron hearts too). In his latest media blitz last week, Mr Haqqani advised Pakistan to stop “constantly competing” with India — while addressing India over NDTV. Surely Bharat agrees already?

And earlier this month, it was again to the Press Trust of India Mr Haqqani spoke: that Pakistan had lost international support on Kashmir. Might we spot a pattern?

No, not that pattern. Whatever Mr Haqqani’s critics say, he’s not trying for the Padma Bhushan. Turning chameleon again, the gentleman switched from Krishna Menon to John Bolton last April: “[…] American weapons will end up being used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies,” Mr Haqqani wrote for the WSJ, “instead of being deployed against jihadists.” The op-ed was titled, “Why Are We Sending This Attack Helicopter to Pakistan?”

To which Pakistan may have asked, who’s ‘we’? Of late, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US has become the US’s ambassador to Pakistan — if that ambassador were a nagging neocon with an axe to grind.

But to understand Brand HH and why he’s giving the republic a kicking, we need to go back. From day one, Mr Haqqani has been Team Charhta Suraj: a hired hand for the biggest boys on the playground. At KU, those were quite literally the Jamiat.

Outside campus “I also developed a personal bond with [General Zia],” wrote Mr Haqqani. “General Zia was staunchly pro-Western, but had an Islamic vision of sorts that could be captivating. He saw himself as God’s instrument in getting rid of the communists in Afghanistan, which (he correctly foresaw) would mark the disintegration of the Soviet Union.” This paper’s Aakar Patel even suspected HH ghostwrote Mr Sharif’s tribute to General Zia in Shaheed-ul-Islam. Having lent himself to both general and Jamiat, it only followed that Mr Haqqani would fall in love with Nawaz Sharif and the IJI.

But that’s when the mud starts piling up. As the late, great Cowasjee sahib put it, “During Nawaz-I and Benazir-II the most prominent weaver [of lies] and damage-doer was Husain Haqqani.”

The IJI hit where it hurts: from airdropping pamphlets of Begum Bhutto waltzing with Jerry Ford, to forging Benazir’s ‘letter’ to Peter Galbraith calling for American action. But the right’s resident Squealer was implicated more than once. “He came up with the nickname ‘Mr 10 Percent’ for my father,” the PPP’s current chairman told Charlie Rose in 2012. “… Since then, [he’s] made a shift towards a belief in a democratic Pakistan.”

As to why belief in democracy was contrary to mocking Asif Ali Zardari, the chairman didn’t say. Nor did his predecessor: Shaheed Mohtarma took Mr Haqqani back in, a liberal reborn.

Enter Squealer 4.0: like a football forward constantly trading up teams, Mr Haqqani hit the jackpot —Ambassadorship in 2008, courtesy President Zardari’s sense of humour. Embraced by America’s red-meat right, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg saluted the ambassador with a straight face: “A one-time Islamist turned pro-democracy Americaphile.”

The Iraq war’s leading cheerleader, Goldberg enjoys betting on the wrong horse. He even thought the Raymond Davis murders were Mr Haqqani’s “finest moment”. “Haqqani helped engineer an elegant solution,” gushed Goldberg. “He turned to … Muslim family law which allowed the dead men’s families to be compensated with blood money. This is the ploy that sprang Raymond Davis from jail.”

A ploy flawed in law: were the fisad fil-arz test applied, a thug like Davis would never be let off. But who cares? All hail His Excellency for busting out a foreign national who murdered two of our own — a diplomatic first.

Yet it was too good to last. Like a fortune teller, Cowasjee had diagnosed the delusion in ’99: “[Haqqani] considers himself capable, with the necessary help, of climbing up the greasy pole and leading the 140 millions to glory.”

After the Osama raid, the ambassador overshot; he may have thought the ‘necessary help’ would be American intervention, that it would fix the civ-mil imbalance (if with a new imbalance in favour of American civilians). Reads the memo to Mike Mullen, “Should you be willing to do so, Washington’s political/military backing would result in a revamp of the civilian government that … replaces … national security officials with trusted advisers … favourably viewed by Washington.”

His Excellency denies involvement.

Mr Haqqani now occupies that rarest of spaces in American public life: an exile with an agenda. Other worthies include Iraq’s Chalabi and Iran’s Pahlavi Junior — gents the Department of Defence blows hot and cold on, given the season.

But like all spin gurus, the man’s solutions aren’t solid: they range from the West putting Islamabad in its place, to Pakistan preferably castrating itself first. A recent book, Magnificent Delusions, is a study in our ingratitude (even the front cover is a Stars-and-Stripes bonfire).

The trouble is, Husain Haqqani isn’t representative of Pakistan; he’s not even representative of Husain Haqqani five years ago. Pakistan too has moved on: the war has been taken to the militants, at tremendous risk. Confidence is up and terror is low, but it’s a long road ahead. It’s time HH move on as well, if in the direction of the next rising sun (the Chinese Communist Party, perhaps?).

On another, lighter note, Mr Haqqani is famed for tweeting poetry on weekends. A gentleman of wide learning, it’s hoped His ex-Excellency stumbled across Aziz Nazan:

Ghaflat ki neend mai sonay walay dhoka khayega/Chadhta suraj dheeray dheeray dhalta hai, dhal jayega.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (106)

  • Afghan Maihan
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:48PM

    A silly Immature rant from a boy against an accomplished man. Typical Pakistani narrative, which vilifies people who steer clear of the state narrative and are bold enough to criticicize it.Recommend

  • Anon
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:55PM

    Excellent articleRecommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:59PM

    The critique of Haqqani sounds reasonable. But he probably is pointing out the international perception….Perception is reality. We have an image problem we are all about anti-India, nothing else productive to say or do….Recommend

  • ali
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:04AM

    You sound pretty clueless about who holds power in Pakistan if you think that Haqqani who was hated by the military establishment managed to bail out Raymond Davis who was involved in murder of intelligence agentsRecommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:06AM

    Brilliant write-up!! Haqqani is a modern day Mir Jaffar. I wish he will be taken to task some day for his treacherous role against Pakistan.Recommend

  • khurram
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:08AM

    Accurate presentation of the gentleman. Watching him as an expert on TV analysing during non party elections in Zia era. Tongue still lashing and the capacity to win debate on either side. But perhaps he feels he is a gem who has not been appreciated enough by the nationRecommend

  • Salman
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:45AM

    On point, Asad. This chameleon has been up on the auction block since his early days. I think he’s played his last card though. Not a man with any public appeal, and with a closet full of skeletons, he doesn’t offer much utility any longer, even to the highest bidders. It’s only Haqqani’s past loyalty to Washington that will attain him some attention, maybe a book deal here and there, going forward. Recommend

  • Kamal
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:10AM

    Wow, You are a legend Asad. What an expose Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:40AM

    Pakistan may hate Husain Haqqani’s guts, but he is not going away anytime soon. When American media want advice on understanding Pakistan, they turn to Husain Haqqani. What he says carries more weight than the entire Pakistani diplomatic corps. Recommend

  • MAK
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:20AM

    Asad, that was excellent take-down of this charlatan. You hit all the right notes and made all the right analogies. Recommend

  • xenia
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:20AM

    Mr Haqqani is Modern day Mir Jafar….
    Had BB been Alive and Naheed Khan become the senior minister of PPP Government, He would have divorced Isphani and remarried Naheed’s sister after declaring here Madre Millat. Recommend

  • bilal
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:56AM

    an excellent read Recommend

  • UMAR
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:36AM

    Awesome piece that depicts the true nature of HH!!!
    Be forewarned- your inbox will be full of hate mail because the ex-Excellency is notorious for sending hate mail to his critics under pseudonyms. I wonder what kind of upbringing and what kind of family background does this scum has… Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:42AM

    Great article which hits the nail on the head. No one takes Hussain Haqqani seriously in the US, whether American, Indian or among the Pakistani diaspora there. the man has shown his true character and I am sure his new Indian friends are even more critical of a turncoat who will say and do anything to make himself relevant. The problem with people with delusions of grandeur is that they don’t realize how much of a joke they are to others. It is pitiful to see how this fellow cannot understand why is his disliked equally by Pakistanis and even the very Indians he is ingratiating himself with ! He doesn’t understand that a turncoat is never appreciated by anyone – whether American, Indian or Pakistani.Recommend

  • marium
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:12AM

    Zardari’s sense of humor. Now thats something we don’t get to see more often nowadays. Classy Asad, bravo! Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:14AM

    He should be made India’s ambassador to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Girish
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:51AM

    A barrister gives opinion about a seasoned diplomat on diplomacy and international relations. This is exactly why Pakistan is where it is today. People playing roles that they are not supposed to do..Recommend

  • Maimoon Jaffery
    Sep 29, 2015 - 6:01AM

    A Fabulous writing based on facts and honest opinion without personal grudge. Keep it up.Recommend

  • D rasool
    Sep 29, 2015 - 6:48AM

    Their is nothing in your article apart from simple rhetoric attacking Haqqani. I wish you had challenged him on facts and issues rather than over simplifying everything and branding him an Indian agent. Learn to listen to critics. The fact that you close your ears to the truth is the reason you are going backwards. The day you realise the truth will be the day , you won’t be called a failed state anymore. Authors like you make the pseudo jingoism alive to sustain hate in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Prakash
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:06AM

    As Author narrates HH has been confident of all the power dealer in Pakistan and Ambassdor of Pakistan-so he knows Pakistan inside out.As academician in world renown university ,HH has the intellectual capacity to analyse and give his insight.Author simply attempting to denigrate HH as his prescription does follow Author’s biased nationalistic narrative.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:23AM

    Animal Farm … Ha ha. You couldn’t have chosen a more apt parable.Recommend

  • Mir
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:46AM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    An accomplished man? Hah! Then again, you are an Afghan. Your greatest men are barbaric mass-murdering warlords. Can’t really blame you for your beliefs, can I?Recommend

  • wb
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:08AM

    “The first grade intellectual minds debate ideas. The third grade minds debate individuals.”

    Husain Haqqani.

    Asad has not debated a single idea. He has only debated Husain Haqqani’s past.

    So, what does that make him?Recommend

  • Qasim
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:56AM

    I always look forward to Asad Rahim Khan’s articles.

    They’re well-researched and his points are backed by evidence. He hits Pakistan’s enemies where it hurts, and because he presents evidence, they can only resort to personal attacks.

    Take this “@Afghan Maihan” fellow up top. He’s saying it’s wrong for Asad to criticize Hussain Haqqani because the latter is an “accomplished” old man. Hitler had also accomplished alot(the death and destruction of millions). Recommend

  • Nemo
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:02AM

    @Bairooni Haath: Thats so because he is their mole. Their own CIA operative. Cherished,nurtured and now hibernating in their own backyard tunnel.
    It would not make commercial sense for US corporate media shops to ask likes of Zaid Hamid for understanding the Pak-US relationship.Recommend

  • Baloch
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:05AM

    During his stint as Pakistani Ambassador the the US, he was jokingly referred to as the “US Ambassador to the Pakistani Embassy” because he was serving US interests. Recommend

  • Farouk Khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:16AM

    Anyone having a negative opinion on Mr. Haqqani is an anti semite. Recommend

  • A Citizen
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:26AM

    What a stupid article. Just personal attacks. I am no fan of HH, but his advice is right. Pakistan needs to focus on her own problems and issues.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:55AM

    Those outside Pakistan taking Hh side,a question for them.will they accept a Hh amidst themselves and appreciate his actions?
    As for the article though simple but does make sense.Recommend

  • S
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:03AM

    @Bairooni Haath:
    well that explains why US has such little understanding of Pakistan. They need to change their counsultant as his “wealth of knowledge” is obselete now. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:06AM

    Most commentators feel that haqqani should not criticise Pakistan. What he says is simple and that is Pakistan should look at its workings and not try to compete with India which is larger and technologically more advanced. On the other hand Pakistanis feel that because Pakistan has nuclear weapons it is as advanced as India. haqqani merely wants Pakistanis to come out of this mentality and concentrate on improving the economy and quality of life of its citizens. Recommend

  • Raza
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:38AM

    Brilliant takedown by Asad of a political Charlatan who has never had any scruples for trading ideology and loyalty. Be it a political party or his Country of birth.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    When are Afghan’s showing a bit of honor and taking back their own disowned destitute brothers/sisters living as Refugees in Pakistan, while their leadership & country enjoying the porky food of 49 countries.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:58AM

    He says we should focus on our children’s welfare instead of obsessing over India. It is good advice. Why are we spending so much on the military and so little on education and health? We are behind all the other South Asian countries in our spending on education and health and our human development indicators are the worst.Recommend

  • JusticeHunter
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:05AM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    What did he accomplish? he is rather victim of his own misadventures. From IJT to PML, to PPP, marrying for influence and what not. Thats what we call Zameer Farooshi. He is now going with free advises that nobody wants.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Very interesting article. And very revealing. On how we respond to an argument with vitriol, a criticism with character assassination, and reasoning with rhetoric. This article makes a rousing political piece, but very little sense otherwise. Please do more homework if you really wish to refute Mr Haqqani.Recommend

  • someone
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Apparently author thinks he knows more than a guy who has been a former ambassador and knows in and out of how Pakistan establishment and civilian government works. Naivety at its best.Recommend

  • Shaheryar
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:25AM

    Remarkable interpretation of events taking place & the mood swings —-rather totally negative image portraying of Pakistan by none other than Pakistan’s ex-ambassador to the US.

    Indeed the writer has quite masterfully depicted how HH took up this “new role” of Pakistan bashing & playing the tunes of ——well we all know, whom?.

    Regarding the sale of advanced version of Cobra helicopter to Pakistan, how many times since 1980’s, when older versions of this chopper were first delivered to Pakistan, they were used Against India? The only time they are pressed into service is to fight hardened terrorists in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:37AM

    The Truth is always very bitter, in Pakistan it is called conspiracy.Recommend

  • Vap
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:37PM

    Our neighbors will never accept the fact based article when it comes to people like Tarek Fateh or Hussain Haqqani, same people would do everything to badmouth Arundhati Roy or people like her. Recommend

  • observer
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:40PM

    Mr Haqqani, apparently made 1 statement- Pakistan has lost international support on Kashmir.

    And he gave 1 advice- Stop constantly competing with India.

    The Author, instead of addressing the message, prefers to bash the messenger.And thereby admits that he has no valid arguments against what Mr Haqqani has to say.

    Incidentally, Express Tribune’s comment policy states that Ad Hominem Attacks will be deleted, How did this Op-Ed get through remains a mystery.

    Moderator ET- Read your comment policy before reacting. Recommend

  • Shehzad Shah
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:40PM

    Hussain Haqqani is an opportunist, which doesn’t mean everything he says is worthless. Pakistan has indeed suffered under the magnificent delusions of its Napoleans. Whether those delusions are now cured is far from certain. There is evident change, the internal threat is recognized which is heartening. Yet there remains no understanding of the strategic competition with India, at least none that would allow Pakistan to gain any long-term leverage in the game. Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:46PM

    The 1999 article of Cowasjee was about quite a few people [ Altaf Gauhar (Ayub), Maulana Kausar Niazi and Nasim Ahmed (Bhutto) Lieutenant-General Mujibur Rahman (Zia), Husain Haqqani (Nawaz I and Benazir II), and Mushahid Hussain.]

    He also spoke about the improper imprisonment and torture of Haqqani in that article

    “ Brittle and paranoiac as it is, this government for some mad reason considers Haqqani to be a threat, possibly because it thinks he has armed himself with copies of compromising documents picked up during his days of officialdom. He is now tied to the rack. The government has not denied that its dirty-tricks brigade kidnapped him in the middle of the night, had him beaten up, kept in solitary confinement, initially incommunicado, but now under judicial custody in a safe house near the Rawal Lake. His cuts and bruises have been brought on record, his bail applications have been rejected. Ostensibly he has been charged with corruption, embezzlement, and the squandering of government wealth. Could he even remotely have squandered one-hundreth of what has been squandered by Benazir or Nawaz?
    Governments in our country are known to be vicious and Husain can expect little help from our ‘independent judiciary,’ many members of which are ignorant of the value and importance of liberty, of the fact that a writ of habeas corpus cannot be rejected, and that every man is due his rights. If there is an understanding judge around, who has suo motu powers, he should help, give him bail and get him out.” Recommend

  • Dastagir Fikri
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:55PM

    Instead of being too “literary” the author should have written simply and concentrated on assessing whether HH is right on this issue as well as on his positions that he took in the past.Recommend

  • Afghan Maihan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 12:57PM

    @ Mir

    Our greatest men are adored, glorified, admired and hero worshipped by all of Pakistan. The names of Ghaznavi, Ghori and Abdali adorn the halls of your military bases and common folk such as yourself take pride in coopting said names as your last names. Come now, let’s face facts and not be dismissive like the author of this article. Recommend

  • Enough
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:05PM

    At least his delusions are magnificent. Recommend

  • Prada
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:16PM

    And exactly what was it about Haqqani’s piece that was delusional?Recommend

  • Siri
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:16PM

    Don’t think I have read a more spiteful piece in a reputed website.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:26PM

    Reads like an ISPR articleRecommend

  • Milind
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Asad Rahim has developed his unique style of writing, however it appears vanity, arrogance are catching up with him… He seems to have magnificient delusions of being a prolific writer as he’s clearly overreaching himself when he implies Haqqani is doing this at the bidding of Indian Govt, blaming Sanghis and all this talk of Padma Bhushan… If that was satire, then it was badly done… He would retain his credibility (still not lost), if he knows where to stop and doesn’t get carried away.Recommend

  • Arbab
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:43PM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    One can expect same from an Afghan who Feeds on Pakistan but burns when he see’s anything pro Pakistan written anywhere. Grow up man. had you guys been this critic and caring Afghanistan would have been far better! at the end, Results matter!Recommend

  • Arbab
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Bravo!! well written, many of us been watching Haqqani and let me tell you something, He had been nothing more then a 2 face, lying, opportunist who is on a personal vengeance against Pakistan armed forces, His goal is just to tarnish the image and from it have personal gains. a SOLD OUT! Recommend

  • Farahnaz
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:48PM

    HH has proved himself to be a low life hustler time and time again. He is insincere to his shallow core . . . ask me, I should know!Recommend

  • shank
    Sep 29, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Pakistan seem to throw away one its many gems like Malala. At this rate the whole nation will only listen to COAS and keep moaning about democracy. Learn to respect learned people who has an alternative narrative. But alasRecommend

  • omar
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:35PM

    Its obvious you have no clue about Memogate and the article about not selling US arms to Pakistan to fight terroristsRecommend

  • Malik
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:53PM

    A good article. Infact HH is fighting a battle for his survival in USA, if he doesn’t speak their language, his stay would become untenable there.Recommend

  • Zaka
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:55PM

    Excellent read. Absolutely fine depiction of Mr. HH and his actions.Recommend

  • Afatqiamat
    Sep 29, 2015 - 2:57PM

    this Gentleman HH is a mercenary , who ever Pays him gets his services , loyalty Lasts as long as the Pay Lasts… after that , New Masters , new Pay , New loyalty , these days poor guy is unemployed so fishing around for a Job even from MQM’s Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:02PM

    In Pakistan truth is delusion and groundless fibs masquerade as truth. Then again, there are very few positives left.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:13PM

    I am not a fan of HH nor am I against him. However the man speaks the truth, and sadly our national pasttime is to believe in conspiracy theories and that our “image” is more important than “truth”. Recognizing problems is the first and most important step in improving anything. Unfortunately in Pakistan people like HH, Malala, or Asma Jahangir are considered traitors rather than the heroes they actually are.

    It takes love for one’s people and country to try and help them, and when the same people call you a “westernized secular liberal stooge” one needs a lot of courage and exceptional patience. I hope that our true heroes are successful.Recommend

  • romm
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Hit Bull Eye Recommend

  • Zafar
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:47PM

    I am so depressed to read all these attacks on Haqqani. How can we make progress as a country when we attack anyone who shows the mirror to us. Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:17PM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    The least a state expects of its diplomats, serving or ex-, is loyalty, both in words, spirit and actions. We made mistakes and will make new mistakes, but thats how we all learn. Doesnt mean that a a semi- exiled ex ambassadors words begin to reek of treason, and anti- state articles. Not that me or anyone is waiting for mr HH to gush over pakistan like his first prom night, but in retrospect he seems to have nothing short of contempt.
    ‘I’stand by pakistan, ‘we’ stand by pakistan! For better or for worse! And i also stand by the decision to drag mr HH back here and made accountable for his incontinent mouth!Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:17PM

    Amazing people are actually taking out time to write on this

    douche bag and this newspaper printing it too!!Recommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:32PM

    Simply brilliant – brilliantly stupid that is! What are Mr Huaqqani’s delusions and where is the relevant rebuttal? Surely Mr Haqqani is not a representative of Paksitan as the author puts its but so is the case with the author.Recommend

  • akram
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Gloriously written truth about a reprehensible person, Hussain Haqqani.Recommend

  • Sep 29, 2015 - 5:06PM

    Another propaganda project initiated by the establishment against me. Recommend

  • Publicity Stunt
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:33PM

    Haqqani craves publicity, which he gets through such talk and that is it and that is all.Recommend

  • jb
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:53PM

    @Afghan Maihan: You mean to say a boy who strays from the narrative you don’t like to believe.

    Great article sir! Bravo!Recommend

  • cautious
    Sep 29, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Typical Pakistani response – attack/debase the man rather than analyze/debate his words. Like it or not outside of Pakistan Haqqani is considered a knowledgeable individual on World Affairs and likely the best Ambassador Pakistan ever had. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:15PM

    If anything, Hussain Haqani is guilty of being a conniving career politician. But to his credit, he’s a career politician who’s learned from his long-winded, adventurous political journey (which is something the author obviously has no idea about) and – his lack of green-bleeding blind loyalty to the nation notwithstanding – largely says sensible things about the direction of Pakistan’s foreign and security policies. Perhaps now that he’s not in Pakistan he’s able to freely say what makes sense but Pakistanis hate to hear (no surprise there).Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Very stupid & immature article! HH is an intellectual misunderstood by an average Joe of PK.Recommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Agree! HH is a hero!Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:32PM

    I will give full marks to Mr. Haqqani, if he were to state his feelings while he remained in Pakistan. With his connections and experience, he could have been a part of the solution. Instead, he chooses to run away from accusations and hide in the bosom of those we find to be seasonal friends. Come back home and I shall stand behind you, Mr. Haqqani. Face the music here and defend yourself and your reputation. Then, become a part of the civil society or the governing lot and start becoming a part of the solution.
    Until then, to me and many like me, you shall remain a charlatan and an opportunist. Nothing more. Recommend

  • Talat
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:46PM

    What a article and shut up call to HH…wonderfulRecommend

  • monpassant
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:53PM

    An excellent article, we need more of this to expose chameleons like HH.Recommend

  • Osama Siddiqui
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:37PM

    Author stole the show! Brilliant!Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @Prakash: Animal Farm … Ha ha. You couldn’t have chosen a more apt parable.

    Did you read and understand what he has written?Recommend

  • Tahir H
    Sep 29, 2015 - 8:51PM

    An excellent analysis to expose HH.Recommend

  • Traitor Galore
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:01PM

    Having lost hope of ever regaining political prominence in Pakistan, HH has become a case of sour grapes.Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:09PM

    @ The Author:
    You really can’t be serious.
    Because if you, you and the large majority of the participants on this forum are the reason Pakistan is where it is.
    May a few more HHs, Najam Sethis, Hoodbhoys, Jahangirs, Hassan Nisars come around to guide Pakistan to its true potential.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:59PM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    Accomplished? How so? tell me one thing hussain haqqani has contributed to his country? There are things bigger than self when it comes to statecraft. as an afghan, i wouldnt expect YOU to understand that. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:09PM


    whether or not the writer is correct about that statement, he has continually proved himself to be the US ambassador to pakistan rather than the actual role he was supposed to be in. the man has zero good qualities for his nation. none. Recommend

  • Nasir Khan
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Thank God someone exposed this hypocrite. I couldn’t believe how someone who spills hatred towards Pakistan could have been selected as Ambassador to USA.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:25PM

    ET….. I have been commenting under the name @Parvez ( spelled exactly like that ) for a few years now……and at times someone uses my name to comment. Can’t you devise a screening process by which this unsavory practice is stopped.Recommend

  • Sep 29, 2015 - 11:31PM

    A Cyril Almeida wannabe! Nice.

    I re-read the statements of Haqqani, or mockingly the author calls “His excellency”(assuming his advice to be somewhat funny and immature or both!), and I saw nothing wrong with it.

    In fact, this is what every neutral observer is saying.

    So, per this Author, anybody who has changed parties, allies and, basically has been a Politician in the past, should not be heard. That only leaves out the men in uniform!

    Ability to write with no ability to analyze objectively and with a strong moral center are dangerous combinations. Cyril writes with honesty and humanity, this guy is just plain vindictive.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:55PM

    It’s funny how only the Indians are defending HH … It proves the very point that the author is trying to make!!!Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 30, 2015 - 12:23AM

    Author has resorted to old standby – when you can’t refute what someone says then you assassinate character. Nothing in this article refutes anything Haqqani has said – it’s all an indirect attack on his character using everything including Animal farm pigs. I have been reading ET for years and have yet to find a single article attacking Haqqani which refutes what he has said .. still waiting.Recommend

  • Hassan Shah
    Sep 30, 2015 - 1:14AM

    Excellent article. A very well written True story of an expert spin Master – aunfortunate for Pakistan. Great piece of work Asad! Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2015 - 1:33AM

    Hussain Haqqani is a wanted man in Pakistan. He has jumped the bail. He is PPP. Recommend

  • ibrahim pataudi
    Sep 30, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Hahahahah this was brilliant. Thanks Asad for calling a spade a spade. Recommend

  • Mir
    Sep 30, 2015 - 6:22AM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    Hate to break it to you, but those aren’t Afghanistan’s heroes or greatest men. You’ve failed men like Abdali and have left a war-torn and corrupt state dominated by warlords in their name. Don’t desecrate their name by associating your NATO-propped state with them. But no need to worry! With Abdali and Ghaznavi out of the picture, you can still claim Dostum and Sayyaf and Hekymatar!Recommend

  • sridhar
    Sep 30, 2015 - 7:37AM

    If you want somebody to look smaller than you, cut his head!
    That is what this author has done.
    He does not talk about the merit of the statment “Do not compete with India”.
    Instead, he goes on to discredit Mr Haqqani on varous accounts.
    I am not into Pakistani politics and I do not care.
    But I do know that Haqqani knows Pakistan well and is a patriot.Recommend

  • Np
    Sep 30, 2015 - 9:39AM

    The author attacked Hussein Haqqani instead if attacking his argument. Sure sign that the author could not find anything wrong with Haqqani’s argument.Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2015 - 11:23AM

    A superb article and a very apt description of what the man is and what his attempts are to damage Pakistan. SaladsRecommend

  • Ajay
    Sep 30, 2015 - 12:17PM

    Haqqani rightly advocates friendship between both Countries and fallacy of pursuing enmity with India over J&K. You guys have to get over your obsession with the State of J&K (Which you inaccurately always refer to as only “Kashmir”) India and Indians will never allow any further division of Country on the basis of religion. This goes against the philosophy of secularism which India follows and the whole World supports India on this score. I am sure even the Pakistani Army and Politicians know the futility of their demand very well but just to divert peoples attention from their failures and tacking real issues they keep the issue alive. Due to poverty, lack of education and opportunities, Pakistanis always look for a punching bag to vent their frustrations and the Army and Politicians find it very easy to point fingers at India. It is much more easy to sell hate and fanaticism than peace and love. In the process huge resources are being usurped by the Pakistani Army and their importance and relevance becomes unquestionable. The Pakistani people should understand that India has no desire to destabilize a peaceful neighbor as it is against the business or security interests of India. Probably you need a Statesman and true Nationalist to put you back on track and not just self serving leadership.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 30, 2015 - 2:09PM

    @Farahnaz: Loved the tongue-in-cheek humor of your comment.Recommend

  • B
    Sep 30, 2015 - 2:33PM

    Thank you Asad for calling out this sham of a person for what he truly is. No one could have summed it up better.Recommend

  • xenia
    Sep 30, 2015 - 2:55PM

    Good points … Please carry on…. you need to do more….. Recommend

  • SNKN
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:43AM


    Is Modi ready for friendship? Teach him what love and peace is.. Modi is causing more damage to India and to the whole Gandhian philosophy which you are so proud of… Please wake up before its too late.. India under Modi has taken a very aggressive direction which strikes at the very heart of the pluralistic ideology .. It will lead to eventual break up of India..
    Hindu India does not sit well with the pluralistic and secular India!! Recommend

  • Kishan
    Oct 1, 2015 - 2:39AM

    Legendary article.

    One wise writer on this site.

    Thumbs up!Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:02PM


    Its obvious you have no clue about Memogate and the article about not selling US arms to Pakistan to fight terrorists**

    I know that the Memogate was jointly promoted by,

    A. An expatriate Pakistani, famous for promoting Topless Women Wrestling

    B. Another expatriate swearing loyalty to the Government of UAE.

    Is there anymore to know?

    Moderator ET- I am only responding to a post addressed to me.Recommend

  • Waleed
    Oct 5, 2015 - 2:53AM

    Hussain Haqqanis past is really disgraceful. Totally agree with the writer, even if he was a bit too candid about it all. Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 8, 2015 - 1:36PM

    Great piece by Assad, superb write. Hope to hear more from youRecommend

  • Samir
    Dec 12, 2015 - 12:06PM

    This is a well written but simple minded attack on the content of Husain Haqqani’s character. But what about the content of his book, “Magnificent Delusions”?

    I borrowed it from our local library and was glued to his account of how Pakistan manipulated a not-too-reluctant US into arming and funding itself against India.

    Unless the author points out substantial issues in the book and shows them to be fabrications, the book will remain as a powerful indictment of Pakistan’s ruling class and its Indian bête noire.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 8:18PM

    @Afghan Maihan:
    So a Afghan learns how to write in Afghan, and tells us who is loyal and who is not. We have as Pakistanis paid a very high price to protect you ungreatfull AfghansRecommend

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