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Mansoor Ijaz, you broke my heart

Published Feb 01, 2012 06:14am


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For the past four months you've toyed with the country like it's your personal hacky sack and we've foolishly gone along for the ride.

But I'm past your immaculately tailored suits. I'm past your jet set life style. And I couldn’t care less about your taste in raunchy music videos. It's simply not funny anymore and if I were you I'd quit while I'm ahead and end this thing once and for all.

We've all got a case of Memogate fatigue.  It's been reported on, analysed, ridiculed, dissected and it seems to be ending in a yawning anticlimax. So it's time to put up or shut up.

You're not doing yourself any favors. It seems you've got what you wanted. Your internet footprint has grown exponentially, you've got name recognition and your eventual place on the New York Times Best Seller list has been cemented.  But you've reached such a point of self-aggrandizement that even Donald Trump would go, "You might wanna tone that down buddy." OK perhaps you're not quite there yet, but you're pretty close.

During this whole fiasco, we've seen the country go deeper down the rabbit hole. While the media has salivated over the circus that's transpired between our three branches of government, real people are hurting and it's time to get real.

It seems this country is destined to live in the cloud of political farce. While you might claim noble intentions by espousing the tired truisms of democracy and the meddling of the military, you're not fooling anyone anymore.

For the past week the whole country was transfixed about your much-hyped arrival to testify in court, and for a moment you had me convinced. I was thinking, "What a stand up guy, he said he'd come and he is." But you've turned out to be a flake after all.

I get it. You're scared. When your security is on the line — I'd be too. But then I wasn't foolish enough to play footsie with Pakistani politics.

For a smart guy that was pretty, shall we say imprudent, because you clearly don't have the stomach for it. You had to have known the waters you were treading into before you decided to become Enemy No.1 in the high-stakes game of poker that Pakistani politics is.

This isn't personal.  I actually agree with you when you say that, “The current civilian leadership is not interested in a true liberal value system that is representative of the people's needs, wishes, aspirations, and hopes. They are only interested in the acquisition of power and the systematic looting of the national treasury.”

And there's no doubt that settling the tussle between the civilian and military factions is one of profound importance. But at the same time, every day people are suffering. Unemployment, poverty, a flailing economy and rampant violence — the country is becoming a greatest hits package of misery while our attention has been focused on a farce that has gone long past the point of reason.

I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.  I'll grant you that it's definitely within the realm of possibility that there exist certain elements that really don't want your side of the story to go public. They clearly haven't made it easy.

This is where it's time for you step up. I don't know how or what you'd do. Perhaps you could man up and stand by your words in spite of your fears, considering you started this. It's just a thought.

But given a man with your talents and connections I'm sure you can find another way. The choice is yours.

You're either in this for real or you're Donald Trump with better taste. At this point nothing will surprise anyone.

Your move compadre.

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Comments (25) Closed

Tahir (USA) Feb 01, 2012 02:23pm
Mansoor will be in Pakistan and in two weeks time, you will have to eat your words. Watch out!
AJ Feb 01, 2012 02:53pm
You are a fool living in fools paradise my friend.
fahad_us Feb 01, 2012 03:20pm
i could've told you this would happen a couple months ago. why dont you read about his past there. in the late 90's he had a similar tryst with the clinton white house...and they realized the same thing. in the 2000's he was this esteemed news analyst for fox that came out with statements which were more personal opinions...iraq has WMD's? dude, did chemical ali tell you that in your sleep?
Ahmad Feb 01, 2012 04:00pm
it is in Pakistan's interest to find out the truth about who wrote the memo, who is the author? Assurances by the authorities mean nothing, when Murtaza Bhooto and Salman Taseer were murdered.Mansoor Ijaz has to be careful.
shankar Feb 01, 2012 06:53pm
It beats me as to why there are no petitions in the Pakistan Supreme Court for trying Mr. Ijaz for passing on such a letter to US authorities. He typed it, he knew the contents well, and if he is so conscientious he should have called Gen Kayani immediately on getting the information and should have never passed on the letter to US authorities. From outside Pakistan it seems to us as a clear conspiracy against an elected government .
Blitzer Feb 01, 2012 08:18pm
I don't think the SC of Pakistan has any rights or jurisdiction over trying a foreign national living in a foreign country. It's the traitors in the higher echelons of power in Pakistan that should be tried by a court of law and punished if found guilty.
pkhan Feb 01, 2012 08:46pm
What's the point you want to get accross.
sam Feb 01, 2012 09:28pm
Getting personal with Ijaz proves nothing and only exposes your anger at how every thing Pakistani looks ridiculouse!
Rajesh Feb 01, 2012 09:35pm
I have seen Mansoor Iiaz on US TV several times and he has never come across as a trustworthy person. What in the world was everybody thinking to get this man involved? If he is the best contact Haqqani could find, then Pakistani resources are extremely limited in US.
hassan Feb 01, 2012 09:47pm
Raja Feb 01, 2012 10:13pm
This guy Mansoor Ijaz is anti Pakistan. He is known to work against Pakistan interest, I do not trust him.
dawood Feb 01, 2012 10:53pm
Dont blame mansoor for anything...if you want to blame the media who makes fuss of such thinks and the pakistani media....Mansoor no mansoor...things are still as worst as they can get in pk and need a change as soon as possible..
asab Feb 01, 2012 11:25pm
Truth hurts, and it is a bitter pill to swallow. If I were Mansoor Ijaz, I would not go to Pakistan, ask Liquat Ali Khan`s childern, they do not have anything to do with Pakistan. System is totally corrupted sir.
dawood Feb 02, 2012 12:46am
He is a wealthy american who is not concerned with what goes on in pk...or even what you are writing here right now..
Imran Feb 02, 2012 01:41am
Why is it important to author for him to come to Pakistan and testify? If he does not feel safe then the SC of Pakistan must make arrangements for him to give testimony from a neutral venue. I don't see that he is not standing up his grounds, in fact regardless of whether he comes or not, the SC must go in depths and find out who wrote that memo and why? Because that memo has some serious offerings that to a common patriot is an act of betrayal by the authorities that are incharge of securing and protecting a country's sovereignty. And people of Pakistan, please stop saying that the whole world is conspiring against you in every arena that you are found corrupt. Please come out from your fantasy world where you think that you are the only holy spirit.
Nadia Naeem Feb 02, 2012 05:33am
We would love to eat our words, because we are all too anxious for him to testify. I personally believe he is speaking the truth and also that there are genuine threats to him, but he should find a way around...
khalid Feb 02, 2012 08:43am
With so many vultures roaming on his head, it will be foolish of him to come here. Mansoor needs to take the step intelligently and cautiously.
P S. Feb 02, 2012 08:57am
It seems with all the evidences that Mr. Mansoor Ijaz is a fraud at the highest level who tried to make divisions between The Govt. and The Army at a cost he himself knows or his American friends know.
Aijaz Ali Feb 02, 2012 09:04am
Fahad: Mansoor Ijaz knows very well what is for him on the plate when he goes back to pakistan. he is scared.
ahmed saeed Feb 02, 2012 09:48am
Very true.
Shahida Khan Feb 02, 2012 09:54am
n u will be the next president of US. Time to wake up and smell coffee, brother
Sahil Feb 02, 2012 10:33am
This so called memo-gate has shaken the country's pillars but the central character who orchestrated the entire drama is still ridiculing not only Pakistani nation but also its institutions by calling shots after shots. Why cant SC takes a suo moto action against this man "Mansoor Ijaz" for maligning and creating rifts among the institutions of Pakistan...Where is Mr. Nawaz Sharif who had been so vocal and impatient dragging a non issue into SC for political gains????
Gaurav Arya (India) Feb 02, 2012 03:52pm
Pakistan should have done what Admiral Mullen did when he first saw the memo; ignored it. Mansoor Ijaz is just a self promoting middleman and not a very important one at that. I appeal to the Pakistani media to ignore this person. He has humiliated the country enough. Stop all discussion on the memo case right now.
Ahmed Feb 04, 2012 06:14am
If I was supreme court judge I would ask manzoor to go to Pakistan embassy in Washington and under oath deliever his testimony on skype.. What the hell is such a big deal? I am a lawyer in U.S teleconference trails are very common here in court now days!! Get over the security drama!!
Mustafa Feb 04, 2012 12:09pm
Mr. Ahmed, are you aware that Mansoor Ijaz has creatd the greatest political comedy drama for Pakistan and definitely not a security drama. When the civil, military and opposition leaders of Pakistan will wake up and realize this comedian made a fool of them, they will be united and we need unity in Pakistan.