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ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, on Tuesday said he was not lobbying against Pakistan's interests, reacting strongly to Sartaj Aziz's 'allegations' from earlier in the day.

Aziz, while addressing lawmakers in the National Assembly, had claimed a former Pakistani ambassador to the US - without naming anyone - was 'lobbying against his own country' and 'creating hurdles for the government'.

In his rejoinder, Haqqani said he knew Aziz was talking about him because another minister had attacked him by name with similar claims.

Government officials should take "responsibility for failed policies" instead of "looking for scapegoats to divert attention from criticism at home" he said.

"A former Pakistani ambassador is working against his own country in the US," Aziz had stated during the NA session, adding that Pakistan's diplomatic mission in the US is facing challenges due to the former ambassador's campaign.

“I am now a scholar in the US, not a lobbyist,” Haqqani's statement said.

He added that if his opinions as a scholar carry so much weight that US policy is being affected by them, then the Pakistan Foreign Ministry should try to influence his opinions rather than treating him like a pariah and making false allegations against him in the Pakistani media.

"Pakistan’s difficulties in the US were the result of years of supporting 'jihadis' and making excuses that are having less and less effect on Americans. Moreover, Pakistan’s dependence on US aid made it susceptible to changes in the US national mood and attitude," elaborated Haqqani in the statement released.

“I did not make the AQ Khan network, support the Taliban as they killed US soldiers in Afghanistan or allow UN designated terrorist groups to function openly so there is no point in blaming me for these policy failures. Neither I nor any other former ambassador was responsible for the OBL fiasco,” said Haqqani, elaborating on the reasons for the trust deficit witnessed in Pak-US relations.

"This person is trying to tackle all our diplomatic efforts in boosting the bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States," Aziz had said earlier today.

Without revealing the identity of the person, the adviser had added, "The Foreign Office has serious reservation on the activities of the said person in the US."

Read more: PPP's ex-envoy to US, Indian lobbies working against F-16 deal: defence minister

'Making successful efforts for non-entry of India to NSG'

Aziz also said that Pakistan is 'making successful efforts' against India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.

The adviser's remarks come just days after Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said India is "not opposed" to Pakistan's entry to the NSG.

Know more: India not opposed to Pakistan's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group: Swaraj

Winding up a discussion on demands for grants, the adviser rejected the impression that Pakistan is being isolated and said Pakistan has to prioritise foreign policy on the basis of new alignments taking place in the world.

Aziz said Pakistan is pursuing a balanced policy based on non-interference and protection of national interests and nuclear assets.

Aziz said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, CASA-1000, and the Tapi and Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline projects are concrete achievements that will help increase regional connectivity.

He also claimed that Pakistan's political role would be enhanced through membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

He highlighted Pakistan's 'historic and religious' relations with Muslim countries, saying that ties with Iran are "moving in the right direction", and that after the lifting of sanctions against the Republic, Pak-Iran relations will be strengthened.

Pakistan is pursuing a 'no-favourite' policy regarding Afghanistan and making efforts to establish peace in the country by means of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group. Work is in progress with respect to border management along the Pak-Afghan border, Aziz said.

Opposition members, however, criticised the government's foreign policy, saying that Pakistan is becoming isolated and stressed the need for good relations with neighbouring countries.

Also read: Chabahar not a rival to Gwadar, Iranian envoy tells Pakistan

The opposition demanded that foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in mind shifts taking place in the region.

They pointed out that economy should be strengthened to support an independent foreign policy and termed the efforts of the Foreign Office with regards to gaining NSG membership insufficient.

Those who took part in the discussion included Shaikh Rashid Ahmad, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ayesha Syed, Jamshed Dasti, Mussarat Rafique Mahesar, Imran Khattak, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Shazia Marri.

Comments (200) Closed

Fact check Jun 21, 2016 05:11pm

What you say?

Bairooni Haath Jun 21, 2016 05:13pm

China opposed special waiver for India in the NSG in 2008 also but caved in under pressure at the last minute.

priyankashah Jun 21, 2016 05:21pm

just watch how india will manage to get nsg membership after all money and wealth talk in todays world

Hassan Jun 21, 2016 05:22pm

Can we remind our government who they should actually serve. Why both our national and foreign policy revolve around what India is doing. When will our country own its citizens as its responsibility?

singh.ra Jun 21, 2016 05:22pm

no truth in words

singh.ra Jun 21, 2016 05:23pm

no truth in words

Meraj siddiqui Jun 21, 2016 05:24pm

Mr Aziz is taking about Hussain Haqani I know him from my college time. Big time opportunist

SHIRISH MUMBAI Jun 21, 2016 05:23pm

US asks NSG members to support India's plea.

THE US on Tuesday asked the members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to consider and support India's application to join the grouping during their plenary meeting in Seoul beginning tomorrow.

Prashant Jun 21, 2016 05:26pm

Strange! Pakistan is making efforts against India's membership after applying for the same group membership themselves!

Shouldn't they make efforts to strengthen Pakistan case? If India cant get entry be assured no China can make you enter the group.

Sheraz Jun 21, 2016 05:26pm

I totally disagree with your response in assembly today. You are our great politician but you have to accept this that due to foreign policy Pakistani is getting isolated. Except China who else is supporting you. Foreign policy need to be aggressive and I personal think that our old politicians are not capable of doing it.. need young blood with clear vision.

SB Jun 21, 2016 05:28pm

@Bairooni Haath , China is a smart country. It wont spoil its relation with west. Practically it is Western Powers who want India in NSG for economic benifit

Mazhar Jun 21, 2016 05:29pm

So what you are doing from 3 year

kunal Jun 21, 2016 05:31pm

Only time will tell about NSG , it is impossible for any body to ignore India a trillion dollar plus economy including china. Just wait and watch.

Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) Jun 21, 2016 05:37pm

That is a negative diplomacy Mr. Aziz. How can NSG induct Pakistan when Pakistan itself is opposing India on the ground that it is a non-signatory of NPT??

Please learn some positive diplomacy!

Jawaid kamal Jun 21, 2016 05:37pm

What a private individual can do to act againstPakistan's interest. You tried to implicate him in memo gate , it back fired.

yusuf Jun 21, 2016 05:38pm

Nsg membership of india will prove that usa is still big daddy of our world...

Harmony-1© Jun 21, 2016 05:38pm

@Priyankashah - Why get all worked up over NSG?

joe Jun 21, 2016 05:39pm

Work on getting your country into the club rather than working to deny india entry.

global citizen Jun 21, 2016 05:40pm

he is surely referring to hussain haqqani, who has nothing better to do but criticize!

Akram Jun 21, 2016 05:44pm

This is just ridiculous instead of blocking India we should be pushing for our own entry.The whole world laughs when our officials openly admit that they dont care about Pakistan's entry but would do everything to block India..Look at India they successfully blocked F16 deal but not a single official claimed the credit..This is why India is diplomatically so successful unlike us..

Khwarezmi Jun 21, 2016 05:45pm

We all know Hussain Haqqani worked with Indians to block US F-16 jets.

Hussain Haqqani even settled down in Delhi after PPP lost elections and Hussain Haqqani was teplaced as ambassador. Imagine Indian ambassadors/ politicians settling down in Islamabad after retirement, Indian media would have been all over it.

GS Jun 21, 2016 05:46pm

"Pakistan is 'making successful efforts' against India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership " ? What a pity, shouldn't it be to get into the group along with India and benefit ??

Pakistan Jun 21, 2016 05:47pm

If we know this then we expect US to know it too. So let's not waste time here and start to tackle it their way.

SB Jun 21, 2016 05:56pm

@Meraj siddiqui, You should not have named the person on a public forum. India will certainly exploit the situation now.

Ram Jun 21, 2016 05:57pm

@Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) great analysis and logical response.

Ganesh Jun 21, 2016 05:59pm

Negative diplomacy at its best.

lafanga Jun 21, 2016 06:04pm

Just name the guy. We all know it's Hussain Haqqani. Memogate is still fresh in our minds. When you have people like this ex ambassador then who needs India to cut Pakistan at the legs.

Usher Jun 21, 2016 06:04pm

So you means only one person can undermine all efforts by whole Pakistan foreign office. Then how you can compete against unfriendly powerful countries? Don't blame others for your failures. Stop crying and focus on solving problems, it is your job.

Karachitee Jun 21, 2016 06:05pm

Do we really have foreign minister?

Accountability Jun 21, 2016 06:08pm

For external foreign policy to be effective, Pakistan needs to be internally stable. Time to stop the blame game, and bring internal situations under control. Time to catch trouble makers and spies, and put them behind bars. Time to cleanup the mess so people can take a sigh of relief. Time to do away with unproductive officials and bureaurocrats and bring on board eindividuals who are able and willing to complete projects and produce positive results. There is great potential for progress but it requires leadership abilities.

msadiq Jun 21, 2016 06:10pm

@Ganesh learning from India ! A few weeks back India was lobbying heavy duty to stop US sale of F16s to Pakistan !

Ahsan Jun 21, 2016 06:11pm

Instead of complaining, what are you and your team doing? We cannot see any update on the global foot prints of your team including regional ties.

Tariq Jun 21, 2016 06:13pm

@Harmony-1© Exactly why oppose india sayin non npt and how you can ask to be included....??

Zayn Malik Jun 21, 2016 06:16pm

Vilifying other people is not good diplomacy. If you cannot do your job let others do it for you!

Life Jun 21, 2016 06:15pm

The alleged person was never a successful diplomat yet become a successful lobbyist. Strange argument reiterated.

Khan Jun 21, 2016 06:17pm

@Khwarezmi We have to unite first. Or will face these scenarios again and again unfortunately seeing our poor foreign policy. Charity begins at home.

Ajaz Haque Jun 21, 2016 06:18pm

Pakistan Government should revoke Hussain Haqqani's Pakistani citizenship and ban him from entering Pakistan or representing Pakistan for life.

Jamil Jun 21, 2016 06:19pm

@SB It is an open secret anyway. Everybody knows, who he was referring to.

Sr Jun 21, 2016 06:20pm

'Making successful efforts for non-entry of India to NSG'

Is Pakistan also going to stop India from growing economically? India is all set to grow economically as it's indicators are improving. It is in Pakistan interest to be a friend of India

Umair Hasan Jun 21, 2016 06:20pm

Everyone knows who this ambassador is.Pakistan should enact a law so that no former ambassador ever gets involved in anti-state activities.

Ghaznavi Jun 21, 2016 06:25pm

@Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) "That is a negative diplomacy Mr. Aziz. How can NSG induct Pakistan when Pakistan itself is opposing India on the ground that it is a non-signatory of NPT??

Please learn some positive diplomacy!"

How can NSG induct India when the group itself was created due to India's proliferation of nuclear materials? All Pakistan is asking is for a non discriminatory approach towards new membership. How can this be negative diplomacy?

Vikram Jun 21, 2016 06:26pm

As an Indian, I would like to congratulate the government of Pakistan for all the efforts it is making for the non-entry of India in NSG!

Malik Jun 21, 2016 06:37pm

It is a crying shame that one of this country's former ambassador turns against his own country and more so that this country and its current ambassador are so weak that they are conceding defeat in this shadowy world of diplomacy. No nation is immune from such challenges But it's ambassadors in service should have the guts and ability to knock out such detractors. Does our current ambassador have this potential. He is very incompetent and has passed the blame on someone else. It is very disgusting and lamentable. Never we touch such lows. Spineless visionless leadership at home and incompetent low intellect envoys abroad with current ambassador in Washington being the worst. We have no where to look for relief

immo Jun 21, 2016 06:42pm

we all know that tell us about what you are doing to neutralize his actions

Syed Ali Jun 21, 2016 06:47pm

When did this anbassodar worked for the interest of Pakistan, he is a traptor, and PPP is responsible for this.

Vijay Jun 21, 2016 06:50pm

Mr. Aziz, Pakistan also wants entry into NSG then why would you oppose India's entry into NSG? Your chances of getting into NSG are much better if India gets into NSG or are you so naive that you think somehow India will be denied entry into NSG but Pakistan would be welcome?

Alla Bux Jun 21, 2016 06:56pm

How does it benefit us if India is prevented from NSG membership? Instead of concentrating on our own membership to NSG, our foreign office seems to concentrate on PREVENTING India from getting into NSG.

Syed Ali Jun 21, 2016 06:57pm

@Malik Excellent.

Mir Ali Jun 21, 2016 06:57pm

This is what happens when we politicize the foreign affairs despite having the capable CSP who could well handle the relations

Rohit Jun 21, 2016 06:58pm

@Harmony-1© That you should be asking your leaders and media. Pakistan has zero chance, for India it is just a matter of time.

Gerry D'Cunha Jun 21, 2016 07:01pm

Our ambassador in USA is incompetent to tackle the former ambassador because he is not a seasoned diplomat

Syed Ali Jun 21, 2016 07:05pm

His role should be discussed in parliament and PPP need to answer if he is a member of PPP or not.

Vijay Jun 21, 2016 07:06pm

@Akram Mr. Akram you are right. One cannot apply for membership of an organization and then instead of lobbying for your entry spent time and efforts to block somebody else’s entry

Sunil Jun 21, 2016 07:06pm

@Usher Well commented.

Razi Jun 21, 2016 07:07pm

Join hands in all sincerity. Be friends. There is no other choice!

farhan Jun 21, 2016 07:09pm

Pakistan has given identity to Hussain Haqqani now that Escaped Ambassador is damaging ourselves.

Malik Jun 21, 2016 07:11pm

@Meraj siddiqui since when is telling the TRUTH termed as working against National Interests??Every Diplomat is an oppertunist,he has to be.

Omar Jun 21, 2016 07:16pm

So,where are charges of treason? I am really sick of all talk and NO ACTION from Pakistani govts.

Yousuf Jun 21, 2016 07:24pm

Hiding their own incompetence behind aligations.

Arshad ,Canada Jun 21, 2016 07:25pm

@SHIRISH MUMBAI you need unanimous vote and that's why now India is saying they will not oppose Pakistan as a member

Taimoor Khan Jun 21, 2016 07:35pm

The man under scope is the absconder to the superme court of Pakistan in memogate. Who allowed him to escape Pakistan should be investigated as well.

Justice Jun 21, 2016 07:42pm

PML-N's government and specialty Nawaz Sharif is responsible.How a country without foreign minister can represent Pakistan's interest in USA abd other foreign countries?. Don't point fingers at others, this us the failure of not having good foreign policy and not having foreign minister.

Bairooni Haath Jun 21, 2016 07:50pm

@Ajaz Haque

You cannot revoke citizenship of someone who is citizen by birth. Husain Haqqani has the same right to express his opinion as yourself and Mr Sartaz Aziz.

DMDiL Jun 21, 2016 07:53pm

This is sad, we have bad guys who are working against their own nation. Shame on them,

khanman Jun 21, 2016 07:55pm

no offence but if you ploticians were not busy in making or creating scenarios to make money out of project then things would not come to this point. and obviously this bureaucratic money making might be the reason that former ambassador is using to make something out if it , if you people who consider themselves as the owner of this country had put half of your efforts in making institutions strong things would not have come to this point.

Pramod Jun 21, 2016 08:04pm

@Arshad ,Canada Pakistan is not member so their vote does not matter.

Pakistani Jun 21, 2016 08:06pm

@Hassan: India is a major threat to Pakistan and has never been a well-wisher for our country that's why we must always be aware of what India is doing.

KKumar Jun 21, 2016 08:06pm

@Arshad ,Canada India has no say on Pakistan's application as India is not a member of NSG. Similarly Pakistan has no say.

M. Ahmed Jun 21, 2016 08:13pm

This is fact known that instead of working together India and Pakistan both country always oppose to each other. As India blocked US F-16 deal. Pakistan is doing the same. Just wait and watch whether India manage to get NSG membership.

M.Sethi Jun 21, 2016 08:16pm

It is quite clear who that turncoat former ambassador was ? Husain Haqqani of course !

No use clamoring over what he is up to .The reality is that ,he was allowed on bail by the apex court and then, government of PPP. Why doesn't the today's government apply to the apex court to cancel his bail, declare him a wanted man and issue his arrest warrant ?

KKumar Jun 21, 2016 08:17pm

Pakistan's argument against India's application makes no sense. India with exception in 2008 can purchase any civilian nuclear technology she need with IAEA safeguards. NSG membership will allow India to sell indigenously developed civilian nuclear technology that will create competition in the market place.

Mustafa R. Jun 21, 2016 08:17pm

He has been doing that for decades, it took you quite a while to wake up.

Karma Dorji Jun 21, 2016 08:20pm

Pakistan should concentrate on getting its own NSG membership than on thwarting India. The worst thing to do is to block India, because then Pakistan has no hope to get in at all. With India inside pakistan has some leverage to ask for an entry.

Vijay Jun 21, 2016 08:20pm

This former diplomat is a FORMER diplomat; has no current jurisdiction to enable or disable anything.

Asif Jun 21, 2016 08:21pm

Of course, who needs enemies when you have got enemies within you sitting in assemblies, London and the US.

AG Jun 21, 2016 08:23pm

Why didn't you name him?

LOLIndian Jun 21, 2016 08:27pm

NSG membership 4 India is a done deal already. China cannot afford to stand against the whole world. Spend more dollars on lobbying against India as much as u can...

Mustafa R. Jun 21, 2016 08:28pm

@Bairooni Haath;

'China opposed special waiver for India in the NSG in 2008 also but caved in under pressure at the last minute.'

There are not a lot of 'last minutes' left before June 24. Eight years from 2008 have put a lot of gap between India and China and closed the gap between China and the West.

Dr. Salaria, Aaminr Ahmad? Jun 21, 2016 08:29pm

Everybody knows Hussain Haqqani and his malicious attempts to defame the Islamic Republic of Pakistan since day one. However, the million dollar question is as following: "How come he was made ambassador to various countries including U.S.A. by different Pakistani governments in the past including the present sitting regime in Islamabad?"

HRK Jun 21, 2016 08:37pm

PPP government was so incompetent that they post such a person as an Ambassador to the US and were unaware of his actions against the country.

Desi Dimag Jun 21, 2016 08:43pm

So one person is the responsible for the sorry state of Pakistan, what are hundreds of diplomats and lawmakers there for?

Pakistani Jun 21, 2016 08:47pm

@Prashant , Do not you know, Indians politics also revolves around Pakistan, Pakistan is saying that just having India part of this group will create imbalance. Let me ask, why India opposed F16 sale to Pakistan?

Basit Ali Jun 21, 2016 08:47pm

So imagine a scenario: India does not get membership into NSG club. So we have a situation where in USA will now push harder to get all other willing countries to give privileges to India in nuclear material. India is already buying uranium from Australia Canada etc. They will make sure this hurts China even more

Talkn Parrot Jun 21, 2016 08:49pm

India is not opposed to Pak's NSG and is only focused on her own entry. Pak on the other hand didn't lobby for NSG and only tried to block India's entry

Harmony-1© Jun 21, 2016 08:49pm

@Rohit - With an attitude like that, keep 'chasing the mirage' then!

Talkn Parrot Jun 21, 2016 08:51pm

@Prashant Pak will be happier if both India and Pak fail to enter, rather than if both actually entered.

Akhtar Jun 21, 2016 08:53pm

@Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) Since Pakistan is not member of NSG, so it cannot support or oppose India's entry in NSG. Consequently, Pakistan's policy is positively working for its own entry in NSG.

Talkn Parrot Jun 21, 2016 08:54pm

@Usher You have a valid point.

Khan USA Jun 21, 2016 08:54pm

Haqqanis are not good whether Haqqani group or Hussein Haqqani !

GAK Wazir Jun 21, 2016 08:56pm

What an irresponsible, illogical and irrational statement has been given by our adviser to PM on Fireign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz. What is your diplomatic mission doing in Washington DC? Only Hussain Haqqani is a hurdle in improving ties between Islamabad and Washington? Absolutely wrong. Your diplomats are only enjoying pay and perks there. What your foreign office is for? Do not throw your own failures on others. Washington is a place where you need a strong lobbying for a successful diplomacy. Activate your diplomatic mission to remove frigidity in the Pak-US ties and maintain a balance in relations between the two key partners. Nothing is wrong except your ineffective and fragile diplomacy which has contributed to bilateral imbalance between the two countries.

ahmad Jun 21, 2016 08:57pm

@Hassan Government is the people, though corrupt. You alone cannot decide what people are supposed to do, Sir

ahmad Jun 21, 2016 08:59pm

@Sheraz I totally disagree with you Mr. Shiraz. How alone you can decide what should be the foreign policy.

Ali (CA) Jun 21, 2016 09:01pm

@Hassan - wake up and smell the coffee. It's your miss understanding to see the policy this way. Look at India policy in Afghanistan. Look at India opposition to F16, CPEC and the list goes on. We are only asking for equal treatment regarding NSG membership and have to qoute India.

priyankashah Jun 21, 2016 09:07pm

@HARMONY-1© india is working for nsg membership for its vast electricity needs through reactors. India needs electricity for its future economic boom and world needs business and want profit money thats why i said "just watch how india will manage to get nsg membership after all money and wealth talk in todays world" not necessary it will get in this meeting of nsg but will get soon likewise in a year.

Akhtar Jun 21, 2016 09:10pm

Folks, not a good week for Modi government's foreign policy. India is completely isolated in SEA, and the only friend India has is 10,000 miles away, not good at all in case there is a war between China and India. India has to fight on two fronts.

Sachin Jun 21, 2016 09:10pm

On one hand Pakistan is opposing India for NSG. On other hand Pakistan applied for NSG as soon as India applied. On third hand Pakistan is saying that both India and Pak should be admitted. Pakistan should have either firmly opposed or firmly applied for itself. Talking in all directions is childish.

Akhtar Jun 21, 2016 09:14pm

This is a good week for Pakistan's foreign policy. Congrat to Aziz and his team.

Sr Jun 21, 2016 09:14pm

@Akhtar 40+ countries supporting India entry into NSG as against only 1 in favor of Pakistan. India has been gaining a lot in foreign policy front

Sr Jun 21, 2016 09:18pm

If nsg entry is blocked then India will try get more concessions on other front and thus gaining more rather than losing where as Pakistan will be at same stage

Facts Jun 21, 2016 09:19pm

Why was MEMOGATE scandal not resolved? Why the culprits were not punished, why was the family of H. Haqqani was allowed to leave the country ?

Sandip Jun 21, 2016 09:27pm

@Hassan That;s the best comment I ever read Thanks

Najjee Jun 21, 2016 09:29pm

I think he is right So far Pakistan policy is balanced given the circumstances, plus he is extremely experienced diplomat.

Zak Jun 21, 2016 09:37pm

@Hassan India only surfaces in our policy when they deliberately go out to harm us. India knows pakistan has risen to regional power status, and they try to spoil the atmosphere.

M.Jamal Jun 21, 2016 09:39pm

Our staff posted abroad in Pakistan Embassies and Consulates speak volume of our policies and implementation.Once we select overseas appointee on merit,Pakistan image will regain.

Omar Jun 21, 2016 10:03pm

Lets call out the elephant in the room. He is referring to Hussain Haqqani who is doing a great disservice to the country and needs to be called out on his anti-state behaviour. His properties in the country need to be assessed,his family deported back to india and his nationality should be revoked if it is found that the said individual is truly working against Pakistani interests.

Desi Dimag Jun 21, 2016 10:05pm

Great reply by Hussain Haqqani.

GA Jun 21, 2016 10:11pm

Mr. Haqqani does come across as hostile towards Pakistan. Perhaps he should change his tone if that is not his intention.

SB Jun 21, 2016 10:15pm

Finding nothing wrong in Haqqani argument.

Safdar Jun 21, 2016 10:19pm

Pakistan should put Haqqani on trial for treason...I think there is a case for revoking his citizenship due to his anti-state activities in the US.

Bairooni Haath Jun 21, 2016 10:22pm

Kudos to Dawn for publishing Husain Haqqani's rebuttal.

East indian Jun 21, 2016 10:24pm

I really admire Hussein haqqani. This guy has all facts when he put his argument. I like his way of comments even when he talks against india.

OSD Jun 21, 2016 10:25pm

In this sense, Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq were also patriots! Hussain Haqqani has certainly ensured a similar position for himself in the history of Pakistan.

Seneca Jun 21, 2016 10:29pm

Ive read HH book and the only thing that stood out was that he portrayed PK very negatively, offered no solutions and took no responsibility. Although much he says is true, he seems to fail to also pin point the role of regional and super powers in PK decent into quasi failed state. Does the US, where HH is now comfortably, have no responsibility in what it created in Afgh not once but twice? It seems his book was written to appease Americans and coincidentally look where he is now. Again yes PK has to be blamed mostly for its failed policies but it should not be blamed alone for its destruction.

Zak Jun 21, 2016 10:30pm

Hussain Haqqani should stop being an obstacle and prove his worth by lobbying for pakistan.

Masomin Jun 21, 2016 10:34pm

MOFA failed to tackle issue instead of doing the realistic steps blame game is hobby of our leaders. Current minister must make their own strategy from now dont support any extremist group inside country or outside.

Khwarezmi Jun 21, 2016 10:34pm

Even Americans reported on his lobbying against Pakistan and his effort to derail the F-16 deal togather with Indians.

Also, Hussain Haqqani settled in Delhi after his ambassadorship. Imagine Indian ambassadors or politicians moving to Islamabad and the backclash that would have generated in Indian media and society.

Sunil Jun 21, 2016 10:34pm

Bitter truth by Hussain Haqqani.

Ijaz Jun 21, 2016 10:36pm

How an aindividual blackmailed a nuclear powerd country ? How long we will blame others ? Does the pakistani nation satisfied from the century old foregion minister ?

RG Jun 21, 2016 10:38pm

Listen to every statement that Mr. Husain Haqqani had made, and every statement was meant in the interest of Pakistan. His critique was frank and pointed at the wrong policies that Pakistan has pursued and ignored be it in health, education, military, literature, economy and trade. He is an intellectual but unfortunately when politics come into play, there is little one can do. If such people are having to live outside his own country then God save Pakistan.

attisbutt Jun 21, 2016 10:39pm

Haqqani Sahib is saying right rebuttal on time

Shahid Jun 21, 2016 10:41pm

If people were to look at track record of the former ambassador, they would stop complaining. He has claimed many rungs of economic ladder and is reached the top floor. Now he is a scholar as he himself has exclaimed and if free to express his views. Should it surprise anyone?

Uzair Jun 21, 2016 10:43pm

I am spewing poison as you can see in this press release but since I am not a lobbyist I am not lobbying and hence not lobbying against Pakistan, this is your logic?

Mr. Haqqani, if Pakistan's policies were so bad than why did you accepted the position of ambassador back in 2008?

Rehman Jun 21, 2016 10:44pm

Unfortunately, our political leaders have now been caught on the wrong foot by India saying loudly to the world they fully support Pakistan joining NSG. India may not actually want to support us, but it is clever diplomacy on their part, because our stance of opposing India now looks immature to other countries. As a number of commentators here have pointed out, our stance from the beginning should have been a positive one stating why we should be members of NSG, instead of just opposing India's membership. Sadly, our political and military leaders have a lot to learn in how to conduct international diplomacy.

Real Zak Jun 21, 2016 10:44pm

He know he is safe in US.He knows he will face severe charges back in Pakistan.

oracle Jun 21, 2016 10:50pm

I have more faith in Hussain Haqani . He was a great loss to Pakistan as an Ambassador. I have found Mr. Haquani to be a fair minded,I wish I could say the same to Aziz. Aziz's obsession and targets is India,Afghanistan,the US and now Haqani Sahib. People who follow Pakistan politics Aziz Sahib sound like a broken record

Kamran Ansari Jun 21, 2016 10:51pm

Whenever I heard Hussain Haqqani views on the radio or print media it always reminds me Mr. Bush's famous saying "Are you with us or them". Who's side he is with is a question mark! I have never seen any patriotism towards his country of birth.

Deepak Kumar Jun 21, 2016 11:10pm

Can anyone enlighten me what's wrong Mr. Haqqani saying. For me he is more patriotic then anyone else in self congratulating mode

Sameeed Jun 21, 2016 11:19pm

End result: Both countries will get their membership, Pakistan a bit later.

M.Saeed Jun 21, 2016 11:27pm

"-----I am now a scholar in the US, not a lobbyist," Scholar of what? Is he not the same person who launched the infamous memogate? Ask A.Rehman Malik about his real credentials.

Rohit Singh Jun 21, 2016 11:43pm

Couldn't have said better. He explained in plain n simple way why us n pak relations nosedived. Instead of addressing those foreign office is out blaming sometimes India sometimes their own people

DJ Jun 21, 2016 11:45pm

Mr. Haqqani all Pakistanis have no doubts how patriot Pakistani you are. There was absolutely no need to react on Mr.Sartaj's statement.

Namo Jun 21, 2016 11:55pm

Pakistan's diplomatic debacle laid bare.

a Jun 22, 2016 12:01am

@Khwarezmi What's wrong in living in Delhi? Many ex diplomats travel around and get paid for lectures and symposiums.

Talkn Parrot Jun 22, 2016 12:03am

@Kamran Ansari The best friend sometimes point out flaws that others won't.

komal s Jun 22, 2016 12:04am

@Pakistani because we know we can stop it.

Kk Jun 22, 2016 12:13am

Pakistan has to go to China despite knowing plight of UIGURS Ummah.A great Tragedy?

Abdulla Hussain Jun 22, 2016 12:12am

@Meraj siddiqui: You are talking about Govt. National College. I have similar experience about this opportunist nature.

Blue Chip Jun 22, 2016 12:28am

Jaafar az Bengal, Sadiq az Deccan, and Haqqani az Pakistan (with all due apology to Dr.Iqbal)

Iqbal Khan Jun 22, 2016 12:54am

Haqqani is correct . I have no idea why Pakistan is sympathetic to jehadis.

Khwarezmi Jun 22, 2016 01:56am

Indians being so pro-Haqqani tells me everything there is to be known about his patriotic credentials.

Junaid Jun 22, 2016 02:03am

I honestly do not think Husain Haqqani even knows Pakistan's best interest - not even if his life depends on it.

FutureWizard Jun 22, 2016 02:12am

you know what guys, you should seriously rethink about India and Pakistan relationship. You have same guys in the foreign office who where in since 1960...Do you think anything will change?

Fahim Khan Jun 22, 2016 02:19am

Aziz should be resting by now.

Vijay Jun 22, 2016 02:23am

I thought Bakra-Id was long over; why's this old goat still running around?

Thunderbolt Jun 22, 2016 02:27am

Hussain Haqqani will be remembered in History as Mir Jafer of our times, whatever he utters is Lie.

Alam Jun 22, 2016 02:49am

@Rohit china can make things hard for india. They will ask for many trade agreements to give their approval.

Mangu Jun 22, 2016 02:51am

@Meraj siddiqui who isn't mate..

jaggy Jun 22, 2016 03:40am

@Sheraz The PA and establishment make the policy. That has to change.

Parvez Jun 22, 2016 03:41am

An ambassador who refuses to come back to the country he represented and one who has a dual nationality ....... it's not hard to agree with Mr. Sat raj Aziz.

Kyoorius Jun 22, 2016 03:43am

@Akram You are absolutely right. That is why it called diplomacy and not chest thumping.

Khan USA Jun 22, 2016 04:29am

An average Pakistani living in US has more care for Pakistan than Hussein Haqqani who had been feeding on the money and blood of poor Pakistanis !

Ram Jun 22, 2016 04:30am

how can one person who has no official credentials can disgrace entire Pakistan nation,

Paxton Roy Jun 22, 2016 04:41am

@SB ; The Chinese have been bought out with 13,000 acres of territory and now it finds "iron brother" is too dependent on China's support.

Sami Khan Jun 22, 2016 04:46am

Stop blaming others. Please first get your house in order.

arslan Jun 22, 2016 04:47am

Aziz sb didn't take any name. And all know about credibility of Hussain Haqani. blackberry guru

Paxton Roy Jun 22, 2016 04:51am

@Accountability : Right! Spend more time working than fighting, arguing, and preaching!

joe Jun 22, 2016 05:22am

If a single person can whitewash efforts of government thanks something wrong. If I were NS I would appoint him as FM.Single handedly he would do wonders for Pakistan foreign policy.

Suraj Jun 22, 2016 05:27am

@Khwarezmi Do you have a source of infomation that no one else has access to. Do you have have any proof that Haqqani was involved in blocking F-16 sales to Pakistan ? From various media in Pakistan , US is ready to sell F-16 but don't want to subsidise , Pakistan is welcome to buy these at full price.

RB Jun 22, 2016 05:37am

@Mazhar "What are you doing since last 3 years"

Trying to show the mirror - which is having effect elsewhere but not where it is needed.

Riaz Murtaza Jun 22, 2016 05:49am

But Sir you are an ex Ambassador to United States ! Your scholarly lectures stand after this.

RB Jun 22, 2016 05:50am

@Accountability The problem isn't what needs to happen... NAP is already there.. Problem is the intent of some "Idare" as you guys say it..

RB Jun 22, 2016 05:53am

@Pakistani Because you don't need F-16 to drop bombs on terrorist.. even an old J-7 will do that.. There is just no case for it.

Shakti Oberoi Jun 22, 2016 05:54am

Is there anything Mr.Haqqani said that is not the truth? He is shining a mirror in Pakistan's face.

Paxton Roy Jun 22, 2016 05:59am

@Alla Bux : Best idea is to help India get into NSG and then say it is our turn and show your bona fides! It's like people who throw acid at those who refuse to marry them! Is Pakistan throwing acid? Is China helping in the effort?

AW Jun 22, 2016 06:31am

Our foreign policy needs drastic correction. Peace, trade and social relations with neighboring countries should be the highest priority and yes that includes India. Living in denial does not change the realities on the ground.

Saulat Haider Jun 22, 2016 06:46am

Haqqani's words have damaged country's image. He is not loyal to his motherland.

Ayub Jun 22, 2016 06:51am

Haqqani is a highly intelligent person. His only fault is that he wants to reduce the huge expenditure on defense and divert the resources towards education, healthcare, and other development purposes. He is anti-establishment and pro-people.

Indian Jun 22, 2016 08:27am

As a nation Pakistan should be focusing on other issues also apart from concentrating on India alone.

Zak Jun 22, 2016 09:07am

@Thunderbolt , Then prove him wrong.. No body can because he speaks truth..

indus Jun 22, 2016 09:40am

I have read you r books You have written historical facts. I enjoyed reading your books. If some one does not like history, You cannot please every body Please keep on writing soYou will find enough audiene who will enjoy reading ruth is not easy to digestt.

MURDHA PIR Jun 22, 2016 09:50am

Good arguments by both the parties and now lets wait for the US decision.

Akil Akhtar Jun 22, 2016 10:10am

@Paxton Roy good self serving advice...

shahid Jun 22, 2016 10:45am

@Shakti Oberoi there are other truths as well, like india hell bent to destabilise pak, discrimination of USA tilting its weight towards india for economic gains, india imploding under its weight for being a non tolerant and oppressive society towards minorities etc. Nobody want to see truth.

GREYSKY Jun 22, 2016 11:38am

@Parvez : In such case Pakistan should strip off Mr.Hussain Haqqani from Pakistani citizenship or should do away with "Dual Citizen" policy.

anon Jun 22, 2016 12:52pm

@msadiq India was opposed to the sale, didn't try to stop the sale, which US did offer till the last moment, it just asked the full price, what's wrong in that?

Rashid Sultan Jun 22, 2016 01:22pm

@Ajaz Haque I don't think he has a Pakistani passport anymore. Also, doesn't want to visit Pakistan. So you are spared the trouble.

Mandar Jun 22, 2016 01:25pm

Today India Launched 20 satellites in a space at a go....but here no mention about the same...please think of peace (Yoga can bring peace)....then only you can develop...otherwise you need to Lobbying every time in the future......Progress can not be done without peace....

Mark Jun 22, 2016 01:47pm

Haqqani seems to be a Pak diplomat bought over by the US with an attractive package, including US citizenship for self and family

Kalimullah Jun 22, 2016 02:37pm

@Ganesh Yes and we learned it from F16 case. I hope you like your own medicine Jun 22, 2016 03:02pm

Yes you are not working against Pakistan, but not working in support of Pakistan either.

Yousuf Jun 22, 2016 03:31pm

Mr, Opportunist, you want us to believe you after having seen your track record?

RAJ Jun 22, 2016 03:55pm

India's priority: Education Economy Combacting Terrorism Getting into NSG

M. Siddique Jun 22, 2016 04:12pm

Mr. Haqqani prefers to emphasize on the negative aspects of Pakistani issues and only provides solutions which are in allignement with American interests. His approach has been critical of Pakistan rather than positive. He won't talk Chinese-Pakistan economic corridor and how its benefits can be realized. He will talk of Al-Qaida and Taliban and Pakistan's involvement but won't stress the point that US-Soviet involvement was the main reason these two outfits were created.

M. Siddique Jun 22, 2016 04:14pm

@priyankashah, We know money talks but by the time India joins, NSG importance will be diminished and nuclear material will be traded in open market with no controls.

Iftikhar Husain Jun 22, 2016 04:34pm

I am happy to see that our Indian friends are more interested in Pakistan politics to justify the greatness on India. Why there is so much rivalry amomg neighbours we understand each other and see the difficulties facing by both countries eg poverty hunger backward looking religeous ideas. We can only boast and live in fools paradise.

KKumar Jun 22, 2016 06:23pm

@Tariq Right approach for Pakistan is to support India's application as it will open doors for Pakistan. By raising all types objections against India that also apply to Pakistan, Pakistan is also closing doors for her membership. India has NSG exception from 2008 and get all the civilian technology she needs. In net, Pakistan has more to lose by objecting to India's application.

Ali Jun 22, 2016 06:35pm

We agree with Hussain Haqqani that Nawaz Sharif government's foreign policy has failed. Why did we not have a full-time foreign minister for the last three years? We also agree that our government has failed to lobby in the US, where Indian lobby's machinations are harming our national interests.

Given our former ambassador's knowledge and experience in dealing with the US system, to should advise his colleagues in the foreign ministry, instead of finding faults? No system in perfect, not even the US system of governance, as the world is dreading Donald Trump's victory? Mr. Haqqani should help the people of Pakistan.

Javaid Jun 22, 2016 07:50pm

HH is Pakistan's Un-Pakistani Ambassador!

Manju Jun 22, 2016 09:51pm

@GAK WAZIR: Well said.

Afzal Jun 23, 2016 12:52am

@joe Pakistan is justified in opposing India's entry to NSG given that India could acquire unlimited guantities of nuclear material to make more weapons. Unless India can resolve bilateral issues with Pakistan any factors likely to disturb balance in the region will make Pakistan uncomfortable. Simple as that.

Gokarn Jun 23, 2016 12:16pm

Pakistan has been wrong sides of both Haqqanis. Husaain Haqqani should be on right side of country and Haqqani group away from it. But for till date it's in role reversal.

Shehzad Zafar Jun 23, 2016 03:26pm

@Meraj siddiqui Siddiquis are also big oppurtunists but they are dumb. Atleast he is clever and know things.

Shehzad Zafar Jun 23, 2016 03:28pm

It is a crying shame that one of this country's former ambassador turns against his own country and more so that this country and its current ambassador are so weak that they are conceding defeat in this shadowy world of diplomacy. No nation is immune from such challenges But it's ambassadors in service should have the guts and ability to knock out such detractors. Does our current ambassador have this potential. He is very incompetent and has passed the blame on someone else. It is very disgusting and lamentable. Never we touch such lows. Spineless visionless leadership at home and incompetent low intellect envoys abroad with current ambassador in Washington being the worst. We have no where to look for relief

Shehzad Zafar Jun 23, 2016 03:30pm

@Malik Good one.

Salim Jun 23, 2016 05:17pm

Who ever is responsible for the failure of foreign policy, there is no doubt that Husain Haqqani has been lobbying against Pakistan. He wrote articles against the interest of the country. One was in Wall Street Journal Titled: "Why are we sending Attack Helicopters to Pakistan?". First "We": so he is not from Pakistan and as if he is someone else. Then why he represented us as Ambassador to Pakistan? 2. He said that Pakistan will not use these equipment against Taliban but India. Similarly he wrote against F-16. If this is not lobbying against Pakistan then what it is. He talks against Pakistan because this is his bread and butter as a Pakistani is talking against Pakistan and this sells well in anti Pakistani lobby.

Insaf Jun 23, 2016 06:40pm

Is Pakistani government so weak that a former ambassador can shake it ?

un-national Jun 23, 2016 07:08pm

@Meraj siddiqui ,HH is opportunist like many other politician but is also responsible for a failed foreign policy ?

Prapur Jun 23, 2016 07:17pm

@SHIRISH MUMBAI Yes and France joined the Party. Just wait for two more days and India will be member as our PM is in Tashkent.

Mustafa R. Jun 23, 2016 08:25pm


'Is Pakistani government so weak that a former ambassador can shake it ?'

Government and the former ambassador are working together to make Pakistan West Bangladesh.

mohammad ali Jun 23, 2016 09:12pm

Mr. Haqani, how did you become scholar? why you could not see anything wrong with US policies towards the regions and criticise them? you would not criticize US because they will push you down to the dark tunnel!! you cannot understand that Pakistan has to react to defend itself against US policies. Remember you were known in the world for the great country of Pakistan and its PASSPORT. Be a good man and respect PAKISTAN's Interests....I am a professor of American Government and have lived in the USA for 30 plus years...Mr. Haqanee open your eyes if you are not blind....