Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter

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There is a great pandemonium of urban (fake) liberals on Twitter. Mansoor Ijaz has published his BBM conversations with an unknown government official. Admiral Mullen has finally acknowledged that the memo in fact existed and was delivered to him. Najam Sethi has predicted that Husain Haqqani might soon lose his job. Husain Haqqani himself has offered to resign.

With the much speculated resignation of Husain Haqqani in sight, there is an environment of mourning in the circle of Pakistan’s urban elites on Twitter.

غلام بھاگتے پھرتے ہیں مشعلیں لے کر
محل پہ ٹوٹنے والا ہو آسماں جیسے

(Loose translation: Slaves are running around in a state of frenzy as if the sky is going to fall on the palace.)

It is quite entertaining to see known PPP-phobes or Zardari-phobes to see competing with each other praising Ambassador Haqqani and highlighting his indispensability to Pakistan and PPP. Those who usually keep complete silence on violation of the Namoos (honour) of PPP leaders (Zardari, BB, ZAB, Nusrat Bhutto etc) are shedding crocodile tears for the Namoos of Husain Haqqani. With friends and mourners like these, Haqqani does not need foes. Do supporting voices of PPP haters, Zardari phobes add to his credibility?

Unfortunately, some progressive writers too have allowed themselves to be a part of the Namoos-e-Haqqani Network (NHN) because of tribal loyalties and short-term socio-economic interests.

Dear urban elites and their middle class paraphernalia, dear lovers of Iftikhar Chaudhry and Imran Khan, dear closet affiliates of ISI, do you really think PPP needs your advice and sympathies?

Here are a few examples from Twitter:

NasimZehra Nasim Zehra
Amb HHaqqani represented Pk thru difficult period & worked closely with Pak security institutions.On memo gov not suing FT is trouble 4 HH

anthonypermal Anthony Permal
Fact is – and no offence to anyone – @husainhaqqani brings class to the PPP’s usual crass. @AamnaTaseer @marvisirmed @Razarumi

evo8X8 k
by tammyhaq
hh is the only intelligent man in ppp today.

UroojZia Urooj Zia
‘If @husainhaqqani does leave his post, we will have lost our most effective lobbyist for the country.’ Aho

fifiharoon Fifi Haroon
Why are we taking Mansoor Ijaz’s word over that of @husainhaqqani ? What makes him credible? Anyone can claim anything, doesn’t make it true

mazdaki Mohammad Taqi
Lets face it, after Benazir passed @husainhaqqani is the foremost Pakistani consistently standing up for civilian supremacy over military

AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
The more ISI hates Husain Haqqani, the more he should be worthy of our respect.

beenasarwar Beena Sarwar
I hope Prez Zardari does not accept the resignation letter. We need @husainhaqqani in Washington for Pakistan’s sake

shobz Shoaib Taimur
IMHO The only great Ambassadors to the US so far have been Dr Maliha Lodhi and Husain Haqqani so far (in this modern era) #pakistan

AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
Undisputed Fact: @husainhaqqani has been a strong supporter of human rights of #Pakistanis in DC both as ambassador & before

marvisirmed Marvi Sirmed
RT @akchishti Hussain Haqqani remains a true patriot. He has served #Pakistan by giving 100% even in the toughest of times with honesty.

marvisirmed Marvi Sirmed
Perfect :))) RT @akchishti: So Hussain Haqanni as Senator? #Pakistan

DrAwab Awab Alvi
@MohsinHijazee what implications? @husainhaqqani offers to resign #A2ZFail refuses to accept, issue deflected, face saved – continue to loot

DrAwab Awab Alvi
@saroshmahdi for me he was “respectable” @husainhaqqani / not much I can say for the other s*** load of PPP leaders & other propagandists 🙂

DrAwab Awab Alvi
If @husainhaqqani has resigned, I for one am saddened to have lost a very respectable & engaging PPP leader on Twitter

cpyala Cafe Pyala
It should be pointed out that @najamsethi also said that the Mansur Ijaz drama was orchestrated by you know whos of Pakistan.

cpyala Cafe Pyala
@abbasnasir59 That Mansur Ijaz gave ISI the info that implicated HH, that GenK has now demanded HH be removed, that HH will go in few days.

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@abbasnasir59 they want to decide who should be ambassador and who shouldn’t. Wonder if the president will agree

SamadK Samad Khurram
@cpyala @abbasnasir59 @tammyhaq Zardari should give a big slap to everyone else by giving @husainhaqqani an extension.

Razarumi Raza Rumi
@dasghar Pakistan’s powerhouse cannot cohabit with the extraordinary calibre of @husainhaqqani. They have been gunning for him from day one!

cpyala Cafe Pyala
@SamadK Don’t think he’s in any position to slap anyone. Let’s be realistic. @abbasnasir59 @tammyhaq @husainhaqqani

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@cpyala so r u suggesting that the establishment will win & @husainhaqqani will be removed? Two cheers for democracy @samadk @abbasnasir59

cpyala Cafe Pyala
@tammyhaq Yes. Am suggesting that when you have a guilty conscience, diffic to take a moral stand. @samadk @abbasnasir59

@cpyala guilty conscience? @samadk @abbasnasir59

cpyala Cafe Pyala
@tammyhaq Gambled. Got caught spot fixing. Mazhar Majeed ratted them out 🙂 @samadk @abbasnasir59

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@cpyala 🙂 can’t see prez pushing him out though @samadk @abbasnasir59

husainhaqqani Husain Haqqani
by tammyhaq
Thank you all for the outpouring of support & concern. I am at work & will continue 2 serve #Pakistan.

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
Yes gd idea “@SamadK: @cpyala @abbasnasir59 @tammyhaq Zardari should give a big slap 2 every1 else by giving @husainhaqqani an extension.”

Umers Umer Zamir Shah
by tammyhaq@
@tammyhaq @husainhaqqani ,seems like they want someone like commando Musharaf as US Ambassador!Civilians r just not patriots enough for them

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@KamranShafi46 @mazdaki we all need to remind the establishment the the Haqqanis they want are in the tribal areas not DC

cpyala Cafe Pyala
by tammyhaq
Najam Sethi has openly announced today why @husainhaqqani is on his way out (Hint: Mansur Ijaz). Just to point out that There will be a post SOON about why we had a strong hunch there was more to the Mansur Ijaz saga that met the eye.

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@jalalhussain well let’s cancel that one we don’t want them to do anything but defend r frontiers leave foreign policy alone @husainhaqqani

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@shobz they want to continue to run the country just wish they would do their jobs and let @husainhaqqani do his

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
Looks like our establishment doesn’t want an ambassador who works for the democratic government but one that works for them @husainhaqqani

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
WORD “@SamadK: @tammyhaq Clearly interested in the wrong Haqqanis. @husainhaqqani”

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
when did we agree that it was ok 4 #ISI 2 decide who shd b ambassador & 4 how long? @husainhaqqani can only b appointed removed by dem govt

abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
@tammyhaq I doubt the PTI jalsa wld’ve so weakened AZ he’d succumb to pressure. He’ll indict himself if he sacks HH anyway. @cpyala @samadk

abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
@cpyala Thanks. Is that why Kayani met Prez today. Haqqani wasn’t acting on his own, was he? If all this is true and not more disinfo.

RiazToori Riaz Ali Toori
Praying 4 ur more strength Rt @husainhaqqani Thank u all fr d outpouring of support & concern. I’m at work & will continue 2 serve #Pakistan

TarekFatah Tarek Fatah
@dhume01 @husainhaqqani This is an attempt by the #Pakistan Army & ISI to undermine the authority of the elected democratic government.

HumaImtiaz Huma Imtiaz
@cpyala Since I woke up really late to this Mansoor Ejaz story, is there buzz on who new amb would be if HH gets sacked?

TarekFatah Tarek Fatah
#Pakistan Army flexes muscle: Demands removal of @husainhaqqani ambassador to US. Instead, Generals with links to #Taliban should go.

newpakistan New Pakistan
With the Americans taking such a critical view of #Pakistan, seems like we would want someone like @husainhaqqani in DC. 1/2 You can’t play good cop-bad cop without a good cop. And bad cop-bad cop is a losing strategy. 2/2

newpakistan New Pakistan
Also true MT @Jamash a lot of times @najamsethi said things which never turned out the way he said they would

anthonypermal Anthony Permal
Not stupid, ridiculous at such a time! Cannot swap HH’s integrity for someone else’s chamchagiri @jehan_ara @husainhaqqani @tammyhaq @shobz

jehan_ara jehan_ara
I think it would be really stupid to remove @husainhaqqani as Ambassador to the US. How does @najamsethi know this? @tammyhaq @shobz

mazdaki Mohammad Taqi
MT“@ArifMaryam: @husainhaqqani since when does the army get to decide who should be ambassador?!” Army bluffing again – must be called out

SamadK Samad Khurram
@abbasnasir59 @tammyhaq @cpyala Is it really the Mansoor Ijaz story that’s triggering it? He’s known to be shady – linked Iraq with Osama!

BinaShah Bina Shah
Visited NYC Consulate, impressed with efficiency when I applied for new NIC. Kudos to @husainhaqqani for his hard work & dedication.

ahraza_ Agha Haider Raza
@FiveRupees @husainhaqqani way back in October 08 – The Nation had given HH 48 hours; stating Maliha Lodhi was to become new head of mission

FiveRupees Five Rupees
Am highly skeptical of news/rumors that @husainhaqqani is about to lose his job Heard this stuff before. Let’s see.

fifiharoon Fifi Haroon
Am sure @cpyala will dig up the real story on Mansur Ijaz. Certainly most of r mainstream media r content with reiterating the scandal

shobz Shoaib Taimur
@Razarumi are they so petty that they want to get rid of HH?

Razarumi Raza Rumi
Let’s hope not. But @najamsethi would not have discussed if it was not that serious RT @shobz:they so petty that they want to get rid of HH?

shobz Shoaib Taimur
@tammyhaq @Razarumi do they really think they can send a better ambassador? @husainhaqqani is A-Grade material.

tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
@Razarumi yes but as Prez set example not 2 a day 2 feed in2 superstition – Isloo where the Prez is Prez & the goats r afraid @shakirhusain

anthonypermal Anthony Permal
Fact is – and no offence to anyone – @husainhaqqani brings class to the PPP’s usual crass. @AamnaTaseer @marvisirmed @Razarumi

AamnaTaseer Aamna Taseer
@marvisirmed @Razarumi not many could match up to Ambassador @husainhaqqani He is in a league of his own. Makes a tough job look simple.

If known Zardari-phobes Tammy Haq, Abbas Nasir, Cafe Jhangvi, Samad Khurram etc are supporting him, Husain Haqqani is clearly in wrong company!

یہ چمن یونہی رہے گا اور ہزاروں جانور
اپنی اپنی بولیاں سب بول کر اڑ جائیں گے

3 Responses to “Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter”

  1. Is a Palace Coup Unfolding in Pakistan? – by Tarek Fatah

    Source: Huffington Post

    A palace coup could be in the offing in nuclear-armed Pakistan as pro-Taliban army generals try to undermine democratically elected civilian government of President Asif Ali Zardari.

    First indications that something foul was afoot in Islamabad came on the weekend when Pakistan’s top four military officials, including powerful Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani became conspicuous by their absence at a state banquet hosted by President Zardari for the visiting President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov of Turkmenistan.

    For Pakistan watchers, the presence or absence of the top military leadership at events organized by a civilian government is an indication of the state of relations between the Pakistan’s poweful power-hungry military and the weak civilian administration in Islamabad.

    The obvious boycott of a state dinner hosted by Pakistan’s president by his top generals and admirals, who are supposedly answerable to him, was not the only signal that something sinister was taking place. The absence was followed by the resignation from the ruling party by the former foreign minister, which too was suspected to have come after prodding by the military.

    The latest tug of war between the government of president Zardari and his generals erupted on October 11, 2011 when the Financial Times ran an op-ed titled “Time to take on Pakistan’s Jihadis.”

    In the article, Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman, claimed he was contacted by a senior Pakistani diplomat close to President Zardari and asked to contact Admiral Mullen to prevent a military coup from taking place in Pakistan. The military was outraged and wanted heads to roll. Ijaz wrote:

    “Early on May 9, a week after US Special Forces stormed the hideout of Osama bin Laden and killed him, a senior Pakistani diplomat telephoned me with an urgent request. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, needed to communicate a message to White House national security officials that would bypass Pakistan’s military and intelligence channels.

    The embarrassment of bin Laden being found on Pakistani soil had humiliated Mr Zardari’s weak civilian government to such an extent that the president feared a military takeover was imminent. He needed an American fist on his army chief’s desk to end any misguided notions of a coup – and fast.”

    Ijaz further claimed that a memo was drafted and delivered to Admiral Mullen on May 10.

    “In a flurry of phone calls and emails over two days a memorandum was crafted that included a critical offer from the Pakistani president to the Obama administration: ‘The new national security team will eliminate Section S of the ISI charged with maintaining relations to the Taliban, Haqqani network, etc. This will dramatically improve relations with Afghanistan.’”

    The pro-military media in Pakistan suggested the diplomat in question was Pakistan’s ambassador the U.S., former Boston University professor, Husain Haqqani –a man not liked by his country’s Jihadis, whether civilian or military.

    Both Admiral Mullen and Islamabad denied that any such back door diplomacy had taken place, but the denials could not put out the fire. What was ostensibly written as a critique of Pakistan’s jihadi extremists in fact turned out to have the exact opposite effect. In a country where anti-Americanism is rife, the elected civilian government was made out to appear as lackeys of the U.S.

    Could the writer have intended to weaken the government and strengthen the military? Mansoor Ijaz is not new to controversy. According to the International Herald Tribune‘s Pakistan edition, “a deeper look into Ijaz’s background provides evidence that this hasn’t been the first time the influential businessman has raised controversy concerning his alleged role as a secret international diplomat.”

    The IHT discloses that :

    “In 1996, he was accused of trying to extort money from the Pakistani government in exchange for delivering votes in the US House of Representatives on a Pakistan-related trade provision. Ijaz, who runs the firm Crescent Investment Management LLC in New York, has been an interlocutor between U.S. officials and foreign government for years, amid constant accusations of financial conflicts of interest. He reportedly arranged meetings between U.S. officials and former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. He also reportedly gave over $1 million to Democratic politicians in the 1990s and attended Christmas events at former President Bill Clinton’s White House. Ijaz has ties to former CIA Director James Woolsey and his investment firm partner is Reagan administration official James Alan Abrahamson.”

    Anywhere else a civilian diplomat warning directly or indirectly against a military coup would not be deemed wrong in itself. But in Pakistan, a civilian Prime Minister was toppled and arrested (Nawaz Sharif, in 1999 by General Musharraf) for simply trying to assert civilian control over the military. Even if Zardari and his diplomat had, as Ijaz claims, asked Ijaz to contact the American government to use its influence against a military coup, there was nothing unlawful or unconstitutional in what he did. But in Pakistan, Ijaz’s claims have provoked circumstances that are threatening at least the sacking of a respected ambassador and possibly undermining civilian rule.

    Knowing the workings of Pakistan’s intelligence services, Ijaz’s article could have been part of a plan by the ISI to destabilize Pakistani democracy once again.

    On Monday, the moves by the military triggered a closed-door meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and the country’s dour Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani followed by another meeting between Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Kayani.

    The generals are adamant. President Zardari has being asked to summon his ambassador to the U.S. back to Islamabad for a full dressing down by the junta. According to the Pakistani newspaper The News, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani decided on Monday to call Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington, to Islamabad to brief the country’s leadership on a host of issues impacting on Pak-U.S. relations and recent developments.”

    Long before Haqqani was appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., he had exposed the close links between the Pakistan military and the country’s Islamist jihadis in his book, Pakistan: Between Mosque and the Military. For that sin, the men in boots have never forgiven the man they cannot control.

    Haqqani, described by Bloomberg as the “hardest working man in DC,” has been in the sights of the Pak Army and its intelligence wing, the ISI, who do not trust the academic. They fear he has exposed their attempts to double-cross the USA and as such want his skin as a price for allowing Zardari to stay in power.

    The developments in Islamabad and the demand by the army to fire Haqqani should also be seen in light of the sudden rise in the profile of Pakistan’s leading pro-Taliban politician, former cricketer Imran Khan. The establishment in Pakistan has run a brilliant campaign to project Khan as both a patriotic Islamist as well as a liberal. Using his Oxford background, he cultivates the ultimate anti-American modernist who has charmed the urban middle classes as the ‘non-politician.’

    Because of the Kerry-Lugar Bill, the army cannot overthrow an elected government as it used to do in the past, but the generals and the ISI are propping up a Khan and demanding the firing of the liberal Haqqani.

    The sad part is that Islamist influence inside the U.S. State Department may result in a nod of approval to the Khakis to trigger a civilian coup. If Ambassador Haqqani is fired, can president Zardari be far behind?


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