Express Tribune must not distort facts about Husain Haqqani

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It is now well established that by virtue of his influential position as Pakistan Ambassador to the USA and excellent social skills, Ambassador Haqqani has been able to create a personal clout within Pakistan’s urban elites, most of whom remain vehemently anti-PPP and anti-Zardari.

In the aftermath of the memogate, currently many urban-centric writers, bloggers in Pakistan and internationally are busy in presenting Ambassador Haqqani as indispensable for democracy in Pakistan, promoting his real and imaginary services to democracy and the PPP. This issue has been dealt in detail in a previous post which can be read here.

In the present post, we would like to present only one example of how urban elites are conveniently rewriting history and twisting facts in their quest to defend and promote Husain Haqqani.

In its editorial (17 Nov 2011) titled “Our man in Washington”, Express Tribune writes:

Haqqani has been something of a political chameleon throughout his career, starting as a student activist of the Islami Jamiat Taleba, shifting to the PML-N before finally settling on the PPP. But the one constant in his life has been a principled opposition to military dominance over civilian affairs. It is in keeping with this ideology and character, then, that Haqqani would seek to curb the military’s power.

While Ambassador Haqqani’s professional ability (or lack of it) has been recently exposed through his mishandling of the Mansoor Ijaz affair (both before and after the Financial Times article), the line which drew our attention in Tribune’s editorial was this one: “one constant in his life has been a principled opposition to military dominance over civilian affairs. It is in keeping with this ideology and character, then, that Haqqani would seek to curb the military’s power.” Nothing could be further from truth.

A man who started his career in IJT when Jamaat-e-Islami was being logistically, financially and ideologically supported by General Zia and his regional martial law administrators, who was in charge of propaganda cell of ISI-made IJI whose only purpose was to promote military establishment’s interests by defaming PPP and its leadership, who distributed fake documents and insulting pictures of Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto, is now being presented as a life long, principled opponent of military dominance over civilian affairs? Dear editors of Express Tribune, is integrity still permissible in the filed of journalism?

Huma Imtiaz, a budding blogger of Express Tribune has been tasked to promote Husain Haqqani. It is quite entertaining to read her articles and watch her videos (titled Tribune Take).

Here is a clip:

“In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at the latest from Washington DC about Ambassador Husain Haqqani’s possible resignation”

Apparently, some progressive writers too, due to their own reasons, have become a part of the Namoos-e-Haqqani-Network. For example, Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa uncritically recommended the said editorial of Express Tribune on Twitter. Here is a copy of my exchange with her:

iamthedrifter Ayesha Siddiqa
a good commentary on 3/4 years of HH – Our man in Washington tribune.com.pk/story/293399/o… via @etribune

Laibaah1 Laibaah
@iamthedrifter Are you sure it is a good commentary? It mentions one constant in his life. Did his work for IJI simply vanish? @etribune

iamthedrifter Ayesha Siddiqa
@Laibaah1 why do you stick to one line? he has produced a great book and was good in DC during these years

Laibaah1 Laibaah
@iamthedrifter It is good that you have rediscovered your fine democrat. Who cares about one line and fine details! All good.

iamthedrifter Ayesha Siddiqa
@Laibaah1 I have not found my democrat you are not in a habit of reading are you? all i said was gd work in DC and gd book is this greek 4 u

After this conversation, Ayesha Siddiqa blocked me on Twitter. So much is the level of integrity and tolerance of Pakistan’s urban elites.

It is pertinent to mention here that only a year ago, Dr. Siddiqa wrote an obituary of democrat Husain Haqqani who, in her view, had transformed himself to an army-serving diplomat Husain Haqqani. Dr. Siddiqa writes:

Suddenly, the skies of American capital city seemed full of vultures hovering around to search the dead body of a diplomat they could chew on. Things became extremely dramatic as it was a matter of survival. For our friend HH, the choice was between killing the democrat to save the diplomat or vise versa. Obviously, the choice was to save the diplomat which was the logical thing to do in a Washington DC where policymakers and the human-terrain type academics stick to a set recipe for democracy out of the political cookbook. HH the diplomat could hear the sound of the boots marching to Washington and it was best to put the democrat to sleep. And so one evening those present at the occasion of the reception hosted at the Pakistan embassy, Washington, DC in honor of the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani also witnessed the funeral of Husein the democrat.
Those of us, who care about democracy and politics in Pakistan, will remember the man for his services. He was a charming salesman whose presence will be missed in Washington where there is now hardly anyone to sing a song of and for the democratic forces in Pakistan. The vultures are still hovering above searching for bits and pieces of flesh and bones of the democrat. The spirit will probably be in some pain at the moment but will soon vanish from where it may not be recalled. The services of HH the democrat will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace.

comments:
Hossp said…
A good one.
But HH has a history of opportunism…
May 12, 2010 5:59 PM

Ayesha Siddiqa said…
It is still sad that he is unable to defend democracy and is now with the khakis
May 12, 2010 8:38 PM
http://ayeshasiddiqa.blogspot.com/2010/05/obituary-of-democrat.html

By the way, let’s congratulate Dr. Siddiqa on her new job as advisor to NAB’s chairman Admiral (retired) Fasi Bokhari.

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Video: Husain Haqqani, in service of ISI-sponsored IJI led by Nawaz Sharif (a friend of Osama bin Laden):

“By and large there are two things, there is a common vision of Pakistan being basically a conservative Muslim state and the difference is essentially on its details, but the basic principle which is acknowledged is that it is will not be a secular state, it has to be an Islamic state. Most of the components of the IJI are parties or individuals who suffered during PPP era at the hand of party policies and its rather high-handed approach to politics”.

7 Responses to “Express Tribune must not distort facts about Husain Haqqani”

  1. Evidence of @etribune’s neutrality, professionalism and maturity: http://t.co/dAvu7OAk AND http://t.co/SiaHmcB6 AND http://t.co/5RF1t21O

    Dear @etribune editor, you identify “one constant” in Haqqani’s life. Did you forget his work for ISI-funded IJI?

  2. shahidsaeed Shahid Saeed
    RIP Democracy. March 2008 – November 2011. Picking up my copy of the why-we-need-democracy arguments handbook for blogs

    shahidsaeed Shahid Saeed
    Fuck fuck fuck. These BBMs are just too damaging bit.ly/uAWGEW

    shahidsaeed Shahid Saeed
    JK = Jehangir Karamat? Only NB coming to mind is idiot Nayyar Bokhari bit.ly/viUt2g

    umairjav Umair Javed
    by shahidsaeed
    Look at the timing of the leak: Before the Senate elections, PTI is warming up, Army-US relations are at a low ebb. #HOR #CHUPO

    umairjav Umair Javed
    Just change the ambassador and let’s get a move on. Please.

    samishah Sami Shah
    by umairjav
    To be fair, Civilian govt. trying save itself from coup is like a beaten wife trying to stop abusive husband. Yet somehow, we blame her.

    umairjav Umair Javed
    @FiveRupees Can’t take out street agitation from this though. Army doesnt need to do anything directly, the right-wing will take care of it.

    umairjav Umair Javed
    @Razarumi judiciary will have no problems giving anything sanction after this memo. Quom kee izzat aur waqar ka sawaal hay @shahidsaeed

    umairjav Umair Javed
    Perfect stage for Meray Aziz Hamwatanon.
    4 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    umairjav Umair Javed
    Field day for army in the press. The memo gets translated into Urdu. The entire country will be shown how “zardari was selling out Pakistan”
    4 hours ago

    umairjav Umair Javed
    All I know is that if true, the military can fucking overthrow the government on the basis of this memo.

  3. Express Tribune misreported this item too:
    Crimes against humanity: Pakistan army refuses to hand over ex-ISI chief Gen Javed Nasir to Bosnia tribunal
    https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/crimes-against-humanity-pakistan-army-refuses-to-hand-over-ex-isi-chief-gen-javed-nasir-to-bosnia-tribunal/

    https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/crimes-against-humanity-pakistan-army-refuses-to-hand-over-ex-isi-chief-gen-javed-nasir-to-bosnia-tribunal

    Express Tribune’s report on Shamsul Anwar
    Forgotten hero: The cost of being heroic
    By Sehrish Wasif
    Published: December 31, 2010
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/97204/forgotten-hero-the-cost-of-being-heroic/

    Shamsul Anwar’s fraudulent story has a few lessons for us
    http://criticalppp.com/archives/68889

  4. Similarly, Express Tribune made fun of Sunni Barelvis killed in the Data Darbar attack:

    The other explanation for security breach
    By Ali Usman
    Published: July 3, 2010

    Data Sahib may be upset or have abandoned his grave, devotees reckon. PHOTO PPI
    Malangs and devotees at Data Darbar have appeared unanimous in reasoning, “Data Sahib must not have been in his grave last night, otherwise he would have sensed the bomber’s intention and turned him to stone.”
    Retreating to their preferred sections of the darbar after the Friday prayers, the devotees sat in their routine, weekly dairas (circles) and took account of the damage to the shrine. The absence of some of the regulars was a sombre reminder of last night’s desecration of the final resting place of the man, popularly believed to be the guardian saint of the city. “I can’t see Baba Kali Chaadar Wala,” noticed one malang.
    “Maybe he was killed. He never misses the Friday prayer. Something must be wrong otherwise he would have been here for his daira,” said another.
    The rattled followers, scrambled for an explanation, “The terrorist attack must be a divine punishment for our misdeeds. Data Sahib must be really upset with us.” Devotees of Ali Hajveri, remembered as Data Sahib, trickled back to his shrine and formed a large congregation both for Fajr and Friday prayers despite the death and destruction of Thursday night’s suicide bombing. They said that they felt more secure in the shrine than outside.
    “These blasts can not keep us away from the darbar. The police and the government may not be able to catch the ones responsible, but our Data Sahib will not let them go unpunished,” one of them enthused.
    “The darbar is a sacred place. The attack would not have been possible in Data Sahib’s presence. He must have been elsewhere last night,” chanted Muhammad Sadiq Dervish.
    Baba Khaki Kurtay Wala chose silence as his response. Standing in the courtyard of the shrine, he turned his gaze skywards and recited a muffled prayer.
    Suddenly he clenched something out of the air, trapped it in his tightened fist and threw it outside the shrine. Baba then fished out a piece of stale chapatti (bread) from his pocket, recited a prayer and offered it to the heavens by slinging it into the air.
    Someone explained on his behalf, “This is a spiritual practice. He is cleansing the shrine.” Talzer Chishti, who became a devotee nine years ago, piped in with his words of wisdom, “There were several evil mongering munafiqeen (hypocrites) during the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as well. Data Sahib’s shrine is a very safe place. The bomber was able to strike it only because Data Sahib allowed him to do so. This was a lesson for humanity. The end is near. But God Almighty will avenge this attack.”
    Amin Butt, a security duty volunteer at the shrine, said, “You think the government protects the shrine? I have been coming here for 70 years now. Only Data Sahib protects his darbar.” “Do you see any weapons on me? We have nothing with us to protect the shrine. It is because of our corrupt rulers and our immoral actions that the attack happened yesterday,” he concluded.
    Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/25379/the-other-explanation-for-security-breach/

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    Reader Comments (4)
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    Saif
    Jul 3, 2010 – 11:48AM
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    Insanity and ignorance knows no boundaries!
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    Rehan Ali Khan
    Jul 3, 2010 – 1:49PM
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    yeh sab shirk hay – jahalat ki intiha aur hamari zaeef ul aitqadi🙂
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    Aali Zaidi
    Jul 3, 2010 – 1:58PM
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    Imam Hasan Askari a.s shrine was bombed some years back / Imam Husain a.s shrine was ruined in 1801 and also frequently bombed in recent past.
    Hazrat fatima Zehra a.s (the daughter of Our prophet (PBUH) shrine was completely leveled in 1960′s.
    Data Sahid is follower and decendents of Ahle bait, why he should protect his own shrine if Imam Husan a.s never did so.
    It misfortunate of us, that we are unable to protect those who brought Islam to us.
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    MrE
    Jul 3, 2010 – 7:50PM
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    Rehan ali khan who is saying “yeh sab shirk hay,” what is the difference b/w you and a terrorist?
    A Zaidi… I could not agree more with you. This is 100% correct.

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    Then an SSP-Taliban-Wahhabi website made fun of those killed and those mourning:

    Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack

    Malangs and devotees at Data Darbar (lahore, Pakistan) have appeared unanimous in reasoning, “Data Sahib must not have been in his grave last night, otherwise he would have sensed the bomber’s intention and turned him to stone.”

    “Data Sahib may be upset or have abandoned his grave, devotees reckon”

    The rattled followers, scrambled for an explanation, “The terrorist attack must be a divine punishment for our misdeeds. Data Sahib must be really upset with us.” Devotees of Ali Hajveri, remembered as Data Sahib, trickled back to his shrine and formed a large congregation both for Fajr and Friday prayers despite the death and destruction of Thursday night’s suicide bombing. They said that they felt more secure in the shrine than outside.

    “The darbar is a sacred place. The attack would not have been possible in Data Sahib’s presence. He must have been elsewhere last night,” chanted Muhammad Sadiq Dervish.

    Baba Khaki Kurtay Wala chose silence as his response. Standing in the courtyard of the shrine, he turned his gaze skywards and recited a muffled prayer.

    Suddenly he clenched something out of the air, trapped it in his tightened fist and threw it outside the shrine. Baba then fished out a piece of stale chapatti (bread) from his pocket, recited a prayer and offered it to the heavens by slinging it into the air.

    Someone explained on his behalf, “This is a spiritual practice. He is cleansing the shrine.”

    Talzer Chishti, who became a devotee nine years ago, piped in with his words of wisdom, “There were several evil mongering munafiqeen (hypocrites) during the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as well. Data Sahib’s shrine is a very safe place. The bomber was able to strike it only because Data Sahib allowed him to do so. This was a lesson for humanity. The end is near. But God Almighty will avenge this attack.”

    Amin Butt, a security duty volunteer at the shrine, said, “You think the government protects the shrine? I have been coming here for 70 years now. Only Data Sahib protects his darbar.”

    The other explanation for security breach – The Express Tribune
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    theses guys are crazy, but that’s what you get from pakistan anyway, its a pitty they bring it to this country aswel
    but gave me something to laugh about first thing
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    Kinda reminds me of when the Hindus in wembley went all ape over the idols that allegedly drank milk (probably caned the cow pee too), too retarded exact their beliefs are complete BS (which Im sure for mushriks of teh sub continent Im sure BS is holy)
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
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    (probably caned the cow pee too)
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    Originally Posted by leo
    Malangs and devotees at Data Darbar (lahore, Pakistan) have appeared unanimous in reasoning, [COLOR=”Red”]“Data Sahib must not have been in his grave last night, otherwise he would have sensed the bomber’s intention and turned him to stone.”[/COLOR]

    “Data Sahib may be upset or have abandoned his grave, devotees reckon”

    The rattled followers, scrambled for an explanation, “The terrorist attack must be a divine punishment for our misdeeds. Data Sahib must be really upset with us.” Devotees of Ali Hajveri, remembered as Data Sahib, trickled back to his shrine and formed a large congregation both for Fajr and Friday prayers despite the death and destruction of Thursday night’s suicide bombing. They said that they felt more secure in the shrine than outside.

    “The darbar is a sacred place. The attack would not have been possible in Data Sahib’s presence. He must have been elsewhere last night,” chanted Muhammad Sadiq Dervish.

    Baba Khaki Kurtay Wala chose silence as his response. Standing in the courtyard of the shrine, he turned his gaze skywards and recited a muffled prayer.

    Suddenly he clenched something out of the air, trapped it in his tightened fist and threw it outside the shrine. Baba then fished out a piece of stale chapatti (bread) from his pocket, recited a prayer and offered it to the heavens by slinging it into the air.

    Someone explained on his behalf, “This is a spiritual practice. He is cleansing the shrine.”

    Talzer Chishti, who became a devotee nine years ago, piped in with his words of wisdom, “There were several evil mongering munafiqeen (hypocrites) during the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as well. Data Sahib’s shrine is a very safe place. The bomber was able to strike it only because Data Sahib allowed him to do so. This was a lesson for humanity. The end is near. But God Almighty will avenge this attack.”

    Amin Butt, a security duty volunteer at the shrine, said, “You think the government protects the shrine? I have been coming here for 70 years now. Only Data Sahib protects his darbar.”

    The other explanation for security breach – The Express Tribune
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    Those Sufis are actually Hindus with Arabic sounding names who do not worship statues, but graves instead. That’s where the differences end. Aside from that. both religions are identical.
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    Originally Posted by AbuJunayd
    Kinda reminds me of when the Hindus in wembley went all ape over the idols that allegedly drank milk (probably caned the cow pee too), too retarded exact their beliefs are complete BS (which Im sure for mushriks of teh sub continent Im sure BS is holy)
    why are you having the disrespect for BS… it is the very holy
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    Originally Posted by justabro
    why are you having the disrespect for BS… it is the very holy
    lol, well they drink cow wizz as it is holy, probably rub BS over themselves for blessings as well or mix it with the chocolate pudding
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack
    “Data Sahib must not have been in his grave last night, otherwise he would have sensed the bomber’s intention and turned him to stone.”
    No, actually Data Sahib was in his grave and he also sensed the bomber’s intention and he tried to say those magical words to make him into stone, but unfortunately he forgot those words, so he ran away to save his ‘death’.
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    Re: Barelvis claim that Saint Data Sahib was not in his grave at the time of bomb attack

    Originally Posted by umar bin khatab
    No, actually Data Sahib was in his grave and he also sensed the bomber’s intention and he tried to say those magical words to make him into stone, but unfortunately he forgot those words, so he ran away to save his ‘death’.
    It could be suggesteed by the grave worshippers that Data Sahib kept his reputation as a generous person (Data means generous or charitable) and allowed his worshippers to attain martydom.

    http://forums.islamicawakening.com/f20/barelvis-claim-saint-data-sahib-not-his-36768/

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