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Homecoming of a twitteratis

Published Jun 12, 2012 11:21am


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Husain Haqqani—File Photo
Husain Haqqani—File Photo

The global fighting stage has changed substantially over the period of years where war fields have engulfed the world of internet. It started off when Nato and Isaf combated with Taliban on Twitter by contradicting on the fatalities after an attack, capturing of an alleged insurgent and other statements which were only intended to demean one another. However, the move changed the dynamics of the new-age wars and controversies greatly.

The famous and one of the most controversial scandals in Pakistan is associated with Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani who is known to be an active twitter user. After the memo commission’s hearing on June 12, 2012 in which Attorney General Irfan Qadir declared Haqqani as a disloyal citizen and said that the memo was actually authored by him, invited a stream of tweets from the former ambassador.

Haqqani tweeted that the findings of the commission were one-sided and went on to say that people who let military dictators amend constitution cannot talk about loyalty and patriotism.

Whilst the commission was making the findings of the report public, Haqqani himself was addressing his own court.

The judiciary of Pakistan and Haqqani were making statements, however, the recipients and perspectives of the both differed significantly. Whilst the commission addressed the people of Pakistan and provided them with an account of the findings, Haqqani continues to dissect the situation by attributing it as a move to politicise the general course of events.

With over 40,000 followers, who are either in a love or hate relationship with the former ambassador, Haqqani has turned into a huge celebrity. According to the recent internet trends, memo scandal and Hussain Haqqani are the most talked about topics in Pakistan, with memo being second and Haqqani securing the sixth position.

The analysis and the minute-by-minute account of the case and Haqqani’s stance over each and every allegation can be rightly considered as a war between Pakistan’s judiciary and himself, with latter’s responses being close to a testimony—one that he claims he did not have during the case.

It is too early to ascertain the actual intentions of the former ambassador, however, it can be said that through this move he aims to win an audience and reach out to the judiciary as well which according to him was always inaccessible and refused to entertain him fairly.

The tweets that followed his statements from different Pakistanis ranged from accusing him of treason to hailing him as one of the most righteous figures of our time.

Many of his fellow twitteratis question him on when does he intend to return to his homeland. However, with Supreme Court of Pakistan declaring United States as Haqqani’s homeland and he himself calling Pakistan as his own, one wonders which declaration to consider more credible.


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_Jamal_ Jun 12, 2012 06:56pm
So many conspiracy theorists.
manghirmalani Jun 12, 2012 08:10pm
He is very good person I happened to know him well
sharma Jun 13, 2012 05:18am
Supreme cout is not supposed to be a creative institution. it usually tries to preserve the rule of law as documented in the constitution. the apparant conflict that is happening between the executive and judiciary stems from wrong and inadequate definition of their respective roles in the constitution of pakistan. till these fundamental changes are ot made, democracy will remain on defensive in Pakistan
sharma Jun 13, 2012 04:51am
Hussain Haqqani was Pakistans last hope. Pakistan has muted itself in Washington by removing Haqqani. It was with great courage that he had defended Pakistan after May 2. This man is the Guru of all diplomats. Pakistan will miss him dearly.
Atif Javed Jun 13, 2012 04:34am
I agree that judiciary is extremely politicized.
shahid Kinnare Jun 13, 2012 03:53am
Restoration of Jundicary of Punjab thing to do with rest of Pakistan. All the talk show in Pakistan deal with Punjab issues not Pakistan issues.
@dodgy_helmet Jun 13, 2012 12:57am
1 down, hundereds more to go, but a step in the right direction. Now let the attempts to discredit the judiciary begin
Mustafa Razavi Jun 13, 2012 12:22am
Celebrity indeed; Badnaam jo hongey to kya naam na hoga.
Syed Jun 12, 2012 12:41pm
Whole judiciary is highly politicize and it was understood that memo commission report will be like that, even the commission has decided the case of nationality of Haqqani which was not the mandate of the commission. Why the Judiciary have not constituted the commission for Familygate. Its just because in this Scandel their brother is directly or indirectly involved. Why the CJ with his son went for dinner of the most disputed personand in that dinner other disputed persons were also invited.
Asghar Hameed Jun 13, 2012 11:18am
When let go on bail, he promised to come back in 4 days if summoned by the court. He is never going to come back,surrounded by his American patrons, he is living well in US. He started his political career by joining JI, one time tried to approach Musharraf for the post of information minister but Musharraf kept him at a distance.
SSA Jun 13, 2012 10:40am
Yes Very Good rather verrrryyyy Verrrrryyyy good but for USA and Pakistani ruling class not for Pakistan or its people
Zohra Jun 13, 2012 07:24am
Shame on him, what a traitor, he should be brought back and put in Jail !!!