Copy of Mansoor Ijaz’s secret memo to Admiral Mullen, Ijaz claims memo authored by Husain Haqqani

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Download memo at this link: Mansoor Ijaz Memo

Transcript:

CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM

BRIEFING FOR ADM. MIKE MULLEN, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

During the past 72 hours since a meeting was held between the president, the prime minister and the chief of army staff, there has seen a significant deterioration in Pakistan’s political atmosphere. Increasingly desperate efforts by the various agencies and factions within the government to find a home – ISI and/or Army, or the civilian government – for assigning blame over the UBL raid now dominate the tug of war between military and civilian sectors. Subsequent tit-for-tat reactions, including outing of the CIA station chief’s name in Islamabad by ISI officials, demonstrates a dangerous devolution of the ground situation in Islamabad where no central control appears to be in place.

Civilians cannot withstand much more of the hard pressure being delivered from the Army to succumb to wholesale changes. If civilians are forced from power, Pakistan becomes a sanctuary for UBL’s legacy and potentially the platform for far more rapid spread of al Qaeda’s brand of fanaticism and terror. A unique window of opportunity exists for the civilians to gain the upper hand over army and intelligence directorates due to their complicity in the UBL matter.

Request your direct intervention in conveying a strong, urgent and direct message to Gen Kayani that delivers Washington’s demand for him and Gen Pasha to end their brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian apparatus – that this is a 1971 moment in Pakistan’s history. Should you be willing to do so, Washington’s political/military backing would result in a revamp of the civilian government that, while weak at the top echelon in terms of strategic direction and implementation (even though mandated by domestic political forces), in a wholesale manner replaces the national security adviser and other national security officials with trusted advisers that include ex-military and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington, each of whom have long and historical ties to the US military, political and intelligence communities. Names will be provided to you in a face-to-face meeting with the person delivering this message.

In the event Washington’s direct intervention behind the scenes can be secured through your personal communication with Kayani (he will likely listen only to you at this moment) to stand down the Pakistani military-intelligence establishment, the new national security team is prepared, with full backing of the civilian apparatus, to do the following:

1. President of Pakistan will order an independent inquiry into the allegations that Pakistan harbored and offered assistance to UBL and other senior Qaeda operatives. The White House can suggest names of independent investigators to populate the panel, along the lines of the bipartisan 9-11 Commission, for example.

2. The inquiry will be accountable and independent, and result in findings of tangible value to the US government and the American people that identify with exacting detail those elements responsible for harboring and aiding UBL inside and close to the inner ring of influence in Pakistan’s Government (civilian, intelligence directorates and military). It is certain that the UBL Commission will result in immediate termination of active service officers in the appropriate government offices and agencies found responsible for complicity in assisting UBL.

3. The new national security team will implement a policy of either handing over those left in the leadership of Al Qaeda or other affiliated terrorist groups who are still on Pakistani soil, including Ayman Al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and Sirajuddin Haqqani, or giving US military forces a “green light” to conduct the necessary operations to capture or kill them on Pakistani soil. This “carte blanche” guarantee is not without political risks, but should demonstrate the new group’s commitment to rooting out bad elements on our soil. This commitment has the backing of the top echelon on the civilian side of our house, and we will insure necessary collateral support.

4. One of the great fears of the military-intelligence establishment is that with your stealth capabilities to enter and exit Pakistani airspace at will, Pakistan’s nuclear assets are now legitimate targets. The new national security team is prepared, with full backing of the Pakistani government – initially civilian but eventually all three power centers – to develop an acceptable framework of discipline for the nuclear program. This effort was begun under the previous military regime, with acceptable results. We are prepared to reactivate those ideas and build on them in a way that brings Pakistan’s nuclear assets under a more verifiable, transparent regime.

5. 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.

6. We are prepared to cooperate fully under the new national security team’s guidance with the Indian government on bringing all perpetrators of Pakistani origin to account for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, whether outside government or inside any part of the government, including its intelligence agencies. This includes handing over those against whom sufficient evidence exists of guilt to the Indian security services.

Pakistan faces a decision point of unprecedented importance. We, who believe in democratic governance and building a much better structural relationship in the region with India AND Afghanistan, seek US assistance to help us pigeon-hole the forces lined up against your interests and ours, including containment of certain elements inside our country that require appropriate re-sets and re-tasking in terms of direction and extent of responsibility after the UBL affair.

We submit this memorandum for your consideration collectively as the members of the new national security team who will be inducted by the President of Pakistan with your support in this undertaking.

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The Cable has obtained the document at the center of the “memo-gate” controversy, sent allegedly from the highest echelons of Pakistani’s civilian leadership to Adm. Michael Mullen in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The memo offered to reshape Pakistan’s national security leadership, cleaning house of elements within the powerful military and intelligence agencies that have supported Islamic radicals and the Taliban, drastically altering Pakistani foreign policy — and requesting U.S. help to avoid a military coup.

The Cable confirmed that the memo is authentic and that it was received by Mullen. The Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani — the rumored author of the memo — has offered to resign over what has become a full-fledged scandal in Islamabad. The Cable spoke this evening to the man at the center of the controversy and the conduit of the memo, Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz.

“Civilians cannot withstand much more of the hard pressure being delivered from the Army to succumb to wholesale changes,” reads the memo, sent to Mullen via an unidentified U.S. interlocutor by Ijaz. “If civilians are forced from power, Pakistan becomes a sanctuary for UBL’s [Osama bin Laden’s] legacy and potentially the platform for far more rapid spread of al Qaeda’s brand of fanaticism and terror. A unique window of opportunity exists for the civilians to gain the upper hand over army and intelligence directorates due to their complicity in the UBL matter.”

The memo — delivered just 9 days after the killing of bin Laden — requests Mullen’s help “in conveying a strong, urgent and direct message to [Pakistani Army Chief of Staff] Gen [Ashfaq Parvez] Kayani that delivers Washington’s demand for him and [Inter-Services Intelligence chief] Gen [Ahmad Shuja] Pasha to end their brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian apparatus.”

“Should you be willing to do so, Washington’s political/military backing would result in a revamp of the civilian government that, while weak at the top echelon in terms of strategic direction and implementation  (even though  mandated by  domestic political  forces),  in a wholesale manner replaces  the national security adviser and other  national security officials with trusted advisers  that include ex-military  and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington, each of whom have long and historical ties to the US military, political and intelligence communities,” the memo states.

The memo offers a six-point plan for how Pakistan’s national security leadership would be altered in favor of U.S. interests. President Asif Ali Zardari would start a formal “independent” inquiry to investigate the harboring of bin Laden and take suggestions from Washington on who would conduct that inquiry. The memo promised this inquiry would identify and punish the Pakistani officials responsible for harboring bin Laden.

The memo pledges that Pakistan would then hand over top al Qaeda and Taliban officials residing in Pakistan, including Ayman Al ZawahiriMullah Omar, and Sirajuddin Haqqani, or give U.S. military forces a “green light” to conduct the necessary operations to capture or kill them on Pakistani soil, with the support of Islamabad. “This commitment has the backing of the top echelon on the civilian side of our house,” the memo states.

The memo also promises a new Pakistani national security leadership that would bring transparency and “discipline” to Pakistan’s nuclear program, cut ties with Section S of the ISI, which is “charged with maintaining relations to the Taliban, Haqqani network” and other rogue elements, and work with the Indian government to punish the perpetrators of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Ijaz, who has a long and controversial record of acting as an unofficial messenger for the Pakistani and U.S. governments, has claimed repeatedly that the memo came from a senior Pakistani official close to Zardari and was given to Mullen through a U.S. interlocutor close to  the then-serving Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

Today, in an exclusive interview with The Cable, Ijaz alleged that Pakistan’s U.S. ambassador, Husain Haqqani, was not only the author of the memo, but the “architect” of the entire plan to overthrow Pakistan’s military and intelligence leadership, and was seeking U.S. help.

“Haqqani believed he and the president (Zardari) could redraft the architectural blueprint of how Pakistan should be governed in the future — with civilians in command of the armed forces and intelligence services and the memorandum’s content was geared in that direction,” Ijaz said.

Over the past month, the rumors of the memo and its contents have ballooned into a huge political crisis in Pakistan. Islamabad’s military leadership has pressed Zardari to start a full inquiry and the president has summoned Haqqani to the capital to explain himself. Haqqani offered to resign from his post on Wednesday, and told The Cable that he will travel to Pakistan on Friday.

On Wednesday, The Cable first reported that Mullen confirmed the existence of the secret memo delivered to him through an intermediary from Ijaz on May 10. On Nov. 8, Mullen’s former spokesman Capt. John Kirby told The Cable that Mullen had no recollection of receiving the memo, but a week later, Kirby confirmed that Mullen had searched his records and discovered that he had indeed received the Ijaz memo — but that he gave it no credibility and never acted on it.

Ijaz said Haqqani’s proposal, as detailed in the memo and in a series of Blackberry Messenger conversations between Ijaz and Haqqani, included the establishment of a “new national security team” in which the ambassador would be National Security Advisor of Pakistan. An official with the initials “JK” would be the new foreign minister and an official with the initials “NB” would assume a new civilian post in charge of Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies.

Ijaz read out several alleged Blackberry Messenger conversations he alleges he had with Haqqani while planning the scheme and drafting the memo. The Cable was unable to verify the veracity of these conversations; as read out by Ijaz, they paint a picture of him and Haqqani devising a coded language worthy of a spy movie to discuss the memo while under possible surveillance.

For example, when Ijaz asked Haqqani to consider adding access by U.S. investigators to bin Laden’s wives to the offer, the wives were referred to as “the three stooges,” Ijaz said. Haqqani would use the words “my friend” or “boss” to refer to Zardari. “There was an orchestration to cover our tracks even at that moment because there was always a possibility this could get out,” Ijaz said.

Once the memo was final, Ijaz said he approached three U.S. interlocutors, all of whom had served at the highest levels of the U.S. government. One of them was a current serving official, one was a former military official, and one was a former civilian government official, Ijaz said.

“All three of them expressed skepticism about the offers that were being made. Frankly, when you read it, you will see that these offers are sort of a sellout of Pakistan to the United States,” Ijaz said.

Ijaz said the text of the memo proves Haqqani’s involvement because it is full of detailed Pakistani government information that a mere businessman would never have had access to. Ijaz said, however, that he can’t confirm whether Zardari had any direct knowledge of the memo or the promises contained therein. All the assurances that Zardari was involved and approved of the memo came from Haqqani, he said.

“I believe, with what we know today, that the president probably gave him a blanket power of attorney to conduct the stealth operation and never wanted to know the details, which he left to Haqqani happily,” Ijaz said.

But why would Haqqani, who has extensive connections throughout the U.S. government, need to pass the memo through Ijaz? Haqqani and Zardari needed plausible deniability, said Ijaz, in case the issue blew up into a scandal.

And it has.

“Haqqani was likely the sole architect of the back-channel intervention and needed a plausibly deniable go-between to make it work. I fit that bill perfectly because he knew the Pakistanis, who have been assassinating my character and diminishing my person for decades, would have at me with glee if things went wrong … if a leak occurred purposefully or accidentally,” Ijaz said.

Why did Ijaz decide to reveal the existence of the memo in the first place, as he did in an Oct. 10 op-ed in the Financial Times, especially if he really is a secret go-between? Ijaz said it was his effort to defend Mullen from attacks in the Pakistani press after Mullen sharply criticized the ISI and its links to the Haqqani network in his harshly worded closing congressional testimony on Sept. 22.

“I felt very strongly about how Adm. Mullen was mistreated by the Pakistani press after he had testified in Congress and shed light on the harsh truth about Pakistan’s intelligence service brinkmanship,” Ijaz said. “So I felt it was necessary to set the record straight.”

The whole story is mired in the web of relationships and dealings both Haqqani and Ijaz have had over the years in their roles as members of the Pakistani elite in Washington. Ijaz had considered Haqqani a friend and Haqqani had even spoken at one of the charity events Ijaz organized.

Ijaz said he respects Haqqani, believes his motives are patriotic, and sees him as a needed presence in the troubled U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

“Haqqani has had a reputation since he became ambassador as being more of America’s ambassador to Pakistan than Pakistan’s Ambassador to America, but that’s an unfair charge,” Ijaz said. “He is someone who is trying to help people there understand who we are and help people here understand what kind of a mess [Pakistan] is.”

“In that sense, he’s done a very credible job and it would be a loss for Pakistan to see him go,” Ijaz said. “I still consider him a friend.”

In a long statement given to The Cable over e-mail today, Haqqani flatly denied all of Ijaz’s allegations:

I refuse to accept Mr Ijaz’s claims and assertions. I did not write or deliver the memo he describes not did I authorize anyone including Mr Ijaz to do so.

I was in London and stayed at the Park Lane Intercontinental on the date in May mentioned in one of the alleged conversations but I was there to meet senior British govt officials, including Sir David Richards Chief Of General Staff and Mr Tobias Ellwood then parliamentary Secretary for Defense. These officials will confirm that threat of a coup was not on my mind at the time, the state of US-Pakistan relations was.

I fail to understand why Mr Ijaz claims on the one hand to have helped the civilian government by delivering his memo and on the other insists on trying to destroy democracy by driving a wedge between elected civilians and the military in Pakistan with his persistent claims. It is bizarre to say the least.

Mr Ijaz, whom I have known and communicated with off and on for ten years, once said to me he was richer and smarter than me so I should pay attention to him. Clearly he does not think about the consequences of his actions.

He may be the only so-called secret emissary in the world who likes so much publicity. He has yet to explain why, if all he says is correct, he wrote his Oct 10 oped and himself deliberately blew the cover off his own secret memo and mission.

Source: Foreign Policy

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  1. Friday, November 18, 2011

    Mansoor says Mullen wanted Zardari’s clearance of memo

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    LONDON: US businessman Mansoor Ijaz who broke all hell in the world media by releasing the evidence of his secret Memo to Admiral Mike Mullen said on Friday Mullen insisted on having the ambassador’s offers put in writing because the US government had been repeatedly deceived by Pakistan’s verbal offers of action in the recent past.
    “He also insisted that I obtain the ambassador’s assurance that President Zardari had approved the offers contained in the memorandum. I did exactly those two things,” he told The News.
    Speaking after Admiral Mullen confirmed the Memo, Mansoor said at 09:06:16 hours, “I spoke to Amb Haqqani at his London hotel (Park Lane Intercontinental Room 430) in a call lasting 11:16 minutes.
    “During this call, he confirmed that the final text of the Memorandum was okay and that he had “the boss’ approval” that the memorandum could be sent to Admiral Mullen. The boss was an obvious reference to President Zardari,” Mansoor insisted.
    He also revealed that at 08:45:43 on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the final draft of the memorandum was sent to the ambassador’s private e-mail address. At 08:47, I sent him a BBM reminder to have a look, and that we needed to have a short call for him to verbally confirm everything was GO. The memorandum’s contents had been drawn from calls with the ambassador and instructions given by him to me in drafting it. The content of the memo entirely originated from the ambassador (and perhaps those instructing him elsewhere). At 14:51:33 (about 9am in Washington DC), I called my US interlocutor and informed him we were GO and that the memorandum could be delivered. At 1400 hrs on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Admiral Mullen received the memorandum from my US interlocutor.”
    The full transcript of his exchanges with HH are also now available to The News. These were:
    05/09/2011 12:31 HH: Are you in London? I am here just for 36 hours. Can we meet for after dinner coffee or s’thing?
    05/09/2011 12:32 MI: I’m in Monaco but it’s no problem for me to fly up. Takes 90 minutes. What time did you have in mind? Where do you want to meet?
    05/09/2011 12:35 HH: Pls call me. I’m at the Park Lane Intercon +442071060900 room 430
    05/09/2011 12:35 HH: Waiting for ur call now 05/09/2011 13:37 MI: Could access to the 3 stooges who widow the man be arranged as part of the bigger picture?
    05/09/2011 13:39 HH: I am sure that can be arranged upon formal demand
    05/09/2011 13:40 MI: That is critical to breaking apart the system outside — and understanding what was going on inside. Would we get candor and truth or some brainwashed jargon?
    05/09/2011 13:40 MI: The calls to Isphani’s people have been made. Very very receptive reaction so far
    05/09/2011 13:44 HH: If my friend and I feel sufficiently empowered in relation to the bad boys, I will ensure we get candor
    05/09/2011 13:45 MI: Got it. Let me see if we can’t get you a sledge hammer with a golden handle
    05/09/2011 13:47 HH: Would be nice
    05/09/2011 13:47 MI: I’m sending you a PIN message that others cannot see. Please respond. Thanks
    05/09/2011 13:48 HH: Okay. Thx
    05/09/2011 13:54 MI: Message by PIN sent
    05/09/2011 13:56 HH: Okay
    05/09/2011 14:22 MI: Message has been delivered to Isphani. Receptiom positive but I need you to agree to do something. Can I call you?
    05/09/2011 15:02 MI: Please PING when you can talk and on what number. Time sensitive
    05/09/2011 15:05 HH: Entering No 10. Can speak on cell after an hour
    05/09/2011 15:05 MI: Okay. I’ll wait for your PING
    05/09/2011 16:09 HH: PING!!!
    05/09/2011 16:09 HH: PING!!!
    05/09/2011 16:09 HH: Pls call on cell now +16179532835
    05/09/2011 16:10 HH: PING!!!
    05/09/2011 16:19 MI: Sorry. Was stuck on call to DC. Pls ping again when ready
    05/09/2011 18:26 HH: PING!!!
    05/09/2011 18:27 MI: Tried you. Phone says unavailable
    05/09/2011 18:38 MI: The message I sent is what MM will see. It will be given directly to him and no one else
    05/09/2011 18:59 MI: My friend in DC simply said too many people have been burned in the past two years on the US side and he wanted to insure that on such a sensitive subject, the data and proposal are clear. This is you to me, me to him. He trusts me enough to know I won’t bring it forward unless it has top level approval. He does not need it with any email addresses etc. He will scrub that in any event. If you want names to be mentioned, yours, JK, MD, etc, I will do that in person. So get whatever message you want delivered back to me and I’ll insure it gets in MM’s hands. Best. M
    05/09/2011 19:02 MI: By the way, the interesting thing is that they consider AZ’s approval of the message worth more than anyone else in country right now. How do you like that?
    05/09/2011 20:43 MI: I have additional information you need to hear. Ping when I can call you please
    05/09/2011 21:10 MI: Would it be safe to say that you don’t want to run this up your flagpole because you need to work this deal from the middle out? Tell me if that’s the case and I’ll use a different approach that does not require something in writing. What would then be helpful is if I could simply have a BBM saying my talking points are correct, or not, and then you set your table, I’ll set my table and make sure you are an honored guest at my table when the party begins. If you’re good with that, I just need your okay on the talking points. No need to run it up the az-pole, if you get my drift. M
    05/10/2011 00:29 HH: Msg recvd. Tweaking. Middile of road option sounds good. Will call morning.
    05/10/2011 00:29 HH: PING!!!
    05/10/2011 00:37 MI: Will you be sending me your tweaks or am I to use my copy as final? If tweaks are short, I can call you to get them
    05/10/2011 08:47 MI: You have mail from two of my mailboxes. Please read, respond and then we have one last short discussion before I put everything in motion. Thanks. M
    05/10/2011 12:45 MI: I was just informed by senior US intel that GD-SII Mr P asked for, and received permission, from senior Arab leaders a few days ago to sack Z. For what its worth
    05/10/2011 13:08 HH: Thanks. Very useful 05/10/2011 13:09 HH: My friend and I agree with middle option. Go ahead
    05/10/2011 14:57 MI: Message delivered with caveat that he has to decide how hard to push — we only set the table. He must decide if he wants one course meal or seven course meal. Ball is in play now — make sure you have protected your flanks
    05/11/2011 12:33 MI: I’ve been asked to find out what time your meeting is today. Response so far indicates they are having a hard look, although they find it nearly impossible to believe anyone could deliver such results… to be expected, I suppose. Hope you got home okay. Did you see Mush while in London?
    05/11/2011 14:59 MI: PING!!!
    05/12/2011 00:36 HH: Call me on my cell
    05/12/2011 00:37 HH: Also, M in ur msgs above referred to the Admiral, right?
    05/12/2011 00:37 MI: Yes
    05/12/2011 00:54 MI: Clarification. M at the end of a message is Mansoor. M or MM in the text of a message is the admiral. Apologies for any confusion. BBM when free. I’ll call you. Whether it is shattering news or not is up to you to decide
    05/12/2011 01:47 MI: I just received an email from my link to MM independently confirming what you told me by phone. He says MM was appreciative of our intervention and utilized the data to advise and consent
    05/12/2011 02:47 HH: Thanx. On way to Isloo. Will touch base on return
    05/12/2011 02:54 MI: Good luck. Let me know at any time if you need any help
    Details of chat between MI and HH after his Financial article was published until the first week of November, 2011:
    HH: you can keep saying you delivered a message and show bbm convos to prove it
    HH: Basically you don’t get it
    HH: You have given hardliners in Pak Mil reason to argue there was an effort to get US to conspire against Pak Mil
    HH: You are a US citizen
    HH: You are supposed to look after US interests
    MI: I wrote one article. Have not said one word on the record since then to anyone. I think your press is working both sides against the middle, trying to force something out of anyone they can. Period. I don’t play in that game
    HH: In Pak political situation, getting burned as a US stooge undermines one’s effectiveness
    HH: I will make sure FO shuts up
    HH: Let this die down
    HH: We are in the right
    HH: We will still make things happen
    MI: Okay, well I know my IQ is pretty low so you are probably correct in saying I just don’t get it.
    HH: The Pak press be damned
    HH: I stand by you as a man of integrity werving his country
    HH: You don’t let ppl back home argue I play for your team, not ours
    MI: But from my point of view, if there was a real threat, as you stated at the time, it is clear you were trying to save a democratic structure from those hawks
    HH: You get to write the book on how you changed US-Pak dynamic and won the war in A’tan (w/ some help from a Paki nerd)😀
    MI: I was happy to get the message in the back door because it served American interests to preserve the democratic civilian setup and the offers made, if achieved, were very much congruent with American objectives in the region
    HH: True that, friend. But you know premature revelation ain’t good
    MI: As far as I can see, we did right. Unless there is something I don’t see here. But then I’m sorta dumb from down on the farm where them hillbillies live
    HH: Hey! Don’t run down hillbillies
    HH: Even the smartest can miss a piece of the puzzle
    HH: You are assuming there are no powerful men in Pak willing to break w/ US. Premature revelation gives those ppl reason to claim ‘conspiracy’, ‘treason’
    HH: That is all you missed. Period.
    HH: And no one else might tell you this, you’re becoming irritable and losing your sense of humor as you grow old
    HH: Let this one go. There is much to do. MUCH. And then, there’s the beach where I’ve been waiting to be invited, the slum boy visiting the millionaire
    MI: I’m not a millionaire. But I do know a nice piece of beach!
    HH: I’m not a slum boy either but I know how to make friends with smart people with a sense of history😛
    MI: Jesus, then what the —— are you doing hanging around with me? =D
    HH: We’ll make things happen and if we can’t, we’ll write a book about it
    HH: Who said I was hanging around with you. A minute ago I thought you were about to hang me😀
    MI: :O MI: Really?
    HH: Look, Isloo is a mess. Journos gone wild. Politicos scared of mil. Mil scared of Yanks.
    MI: Tell me one important thing. Who likes you and who hates you in the US establishment? Who wants you to stay and who wants to —— you up?
    HH: The debate abt your oped has caused my detractors to put pressure on my boss
    HH: In US estab, I can count on Leon and Petraeus
    MI: I thought YOU were the boss!
    MI: Who is against you?
    HH: Folks at State don’t like me
    MI: Why?
    MI: Too close to AZ?
    HH: They think I am too mixed up w/ DoD and others and do not help them cut deals w/ Pak mil
    HH: Close to AZ bit too
    HH: They are wrong re DoD and others.
    HH: It is just that becoz of A’tan, they are more imp than State
    MI: I always thought HRC was one of your fans. She even has a lady from our parts working with her
    HH: It is folks at State who got pissed off by your mission
    HH: She may be but I was Holbrooke’s buddy so everyone who hates him hates me
    HH: I have no time for just pushing paper around
    HH: State likes process
    MI: Which mission? Sudan, Kashmir, there were so many they got pissed off about. I showed them how to do real American diplomacy and that was like a big pile of shit on their desk they couldn’t swallow
    HH: Conferences, statements—with nothing changing
    HH: The latest one
    MI: Yeah, I got it. You’re right!
    MI: Anyway, State will always hate me because I don’t accept their muddling way of doing things
    HH: I don’t know for a fact but I won’t be surprised if the FO statement was prompted by someone here
    HH: Robin Raphel is back as Grossman’s deputy
    HH: You stepped on her toes w/ Kashmir mission
    MI: That would be typical. But Grossman knows me and he knows how serious I am. Raphael still hates me for the Kashmir intervention where she did everything she could to fuck me up
    HH: And now they hate me more when folks back home who hate me tell them you and I might have been together on s’thing (whether we were or not is irrelevant to them)
    HH: Grossman is good but he doesn’t like anyone playing a larger than life role. Old school
    HH: That’s why I have been requesting you to let this one go
    MI: Yeah I know. Found that out when he was our lobbyist. But he’s a good guy
    HH: That takes attention off me
    MI: Hmmmmmmmmm……. Not sure anything could take attention off you
    HH: I try and make peace with State and focus on battles at home
    HH: HaHa😀 MI: Diplomacy at its finest!!! HH: Yeah, right! But at least I shd not be painted as playing for your team
    MI: Why not? You were a good quarterback for those three days!!
    HH: I want to solve -***ing problems not fight a rearguard action all the time
    HH:😡
    HH: Let us wait and see if Hillary’s latest foray changes things in any direction
    MI: Did we really solve a true problem or was this all smoke and mirrors?
    MI: I mean on those days of stress…
    HH: View here is that everyone in Isloo sucks!
    MI: That’s pretty much true!!!!
    HH: Too early to say re solution
    MI: But if they all suck, then what did we save — a sinking ship that was going to sink anyway???
    HH: And there is a genetic problem at that end, predisposed to going round and round in circles
    MI: Yup!! That’s for damn sure
    HH: I think we save the situation from an extremely violent outcome
    MI: How can you solve the problems you understand so well from here if all the people in charge over there are wrong? It’s only one year til we have a change in the US. Then you really won’t like who we have here!
    HH: I mean, Iran might have done better if the Shah had been saved AND some true reform introduced
    HH: Actually, I think the new ppl here might be better to deal with
    HH: They won’t take lies easily
    MI: Don’t bet on it. We have a lot of extremists cropping up and seeping into the system
    MI: They don’t trust anything Pakistani
    MI: Don’t matter what it is
    HH: Well, in that case find me a cheap piece of beach🙂
    MI: Cain, Romney (who hates Muslims), Perry — its all the same crap
    MI: Hmmmmm, yes, I can arrange that
    MI: Why is Z such an idiot?
    HH: But don’t go off writing opeds abt arranging piece of beach w’out consulting first😛
    HH: HaHa! Tough question
    HH: I have a speech in 20 mins so let’s keep that for later
    HH: Bye for now
    MI: Okay. Good luck.
    HH: Thank you!
    MI: Hi buddy, I understand you/ your foreign office hacks are commissioning hatchet pieces against me. Unfortunate…. very unfortunate
    HH: I will enquire and stop them. There’s no need for any of this.
    HH: You haven’t helped by engaging so much w/ Pak media.
    HH: What happened to the ‘silent soldier’?
    MI: I issued a statement that was designed to put an end to all of this after Imran Khan’s rally nonsense. But be that as it may, I’m not going to tolerate character assassination in any of this
    HH: I agree
    HH: Will do my best to prevent it
    MI: Roger that
    HH: Focus on your policy message instead of who did what and we can turn this around
    MI: Please remind your boss that his beloved wife, who later became a good friend of mine, tried the same bullshit tactics in 1996 when Maleeha was envoy — result: her government was dismissed in Nov 1996.
    MI: I’m not someone he can mess around with. He better get that message from me and really understand it
    HH: My response to Imran was very simple and true: I did not write a treasonous letter and if Imran has a copy, he should present it
    HH: I don’t think your threatening helps
    MI: That’s true from my point of view as well. But politicians are politicians
    MI: I don’t make threats. I state facts. Your boss needs reminding of the facts
    HH: Are you sure your side won’t deny?
    MI: No, maybe they will. But that would also be a mistake. Too much proof on that side as well.
    HH: But does “proving” help anything?
    HH: Is it not the nature of a private mission that officials deny it?
    MI: Don’t know. Don’t care. My point is simple — I’ve said what I was going to. Attacks on my person will not be tolerated. And my statement stands. Stop telling lies about me and I might just stip telling the truth about you
    HH: If you were to listen to my advice, you would let this blow over and prove yourself afterwards. You are the one who will outlast the flying shit🙂
    HH: That is usually my strategy: be there when the others have self-destructed or blown over
    MI: I’ve kept to my word — if everyone wants to call it a fabrication and make me the fall guy, then gloves come off and it’s not going to be fun or pretty for anyone
    MI: You did something you thought was right outside channels because you felt it would be the most effective way to get the job done. I helped you execute. I haven’t thrown you under the bus. But be damn sure I won’t let anyone do that to me
    HH: I’ll do what I can to keep it pretty
    HH: I haven’t. I won’t.
    MI: By the way, I know a lot more than you give me credit for about the circumstances that led to May 1 and your role in all that. Just FYI
    HH: Honorable ppl stick with one another. Take care.
    MI:😉
    HH: I am maintaining silence so pls check with me before reacting if some Pak journo attributes anything to me
    MI: It’s interesting (and heartening) to see that many of the proposals made in the memo are now being implemented in the bilateral relationship. Very good
    Sent from my BlackBerry(r) wireless device

    http://images.thenews.com.pk/18-11-2011/ethenews/e-78086.htm

  2. Haqqani fights a grim battle for survivalBaqir Sajjad Syed | Front Page | From the Newspaper (4 hours ago) Today
    Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani. – File Photo

    ISLAMABAD: The controversy brewing over ‘secret memo gate’ refuses to die down. Now that former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has acknowledged its existence Ambassador Husain Haqqani appears to be fighting for his survival while the political scandal also threatens to envelop the presidency.

    Ambassador Haqqani in a TV interview said he would travel to Islamabad to explain his position in a couple of days, but political pundits don’t think that the gravest ‘survival crisis’ during his over three years stint as the country’s envoy in Washington was over.

    And an official, who has closely watched the saga unfold, claimed that the government looked inclined to accepting his resignation offer to pacify the powerful establishment.

    The government had summoned the ambassador to clarify his role in the potentially explosive political scandal that has put the civil-military ties in a spin.

    Mr Haqqani has himself admitted his predicament, but put a positive note to it saying the nature of crisis was not new.

    “We have been at this crossroads before,” he twice said in twitter postings while replying to comments that the generals wanted his removal.

    Mr Haqqani, who is obviously not the most liked person in the military establishment for having criticised it in his writings before becoming ambassador, was apparently referring to the furore over Kerry-Lugar Bill in 2009. It was an open secret then that the military
    had demanded his removal, but the ambassador was able to tide over the crisis. Following the Kerry-Lugar episode, Mr Haqqani, known for fighting back, reinvented himself and at one point earned the confidence of the powers that be — something that helped him get at least one extension in his job contract.

    Nevertheless, difficult situations continued to arise subsequently, but on each occasion he survived.

    Mr Haqqani in an interview said: “I’ve been consistently vilified as being against the Pakistani military even though I have only opposed military intervention in political affairs.”

    The latest controversy erupted almost a month ago when Pakistani-American businessman Masoor Ijaz in an op-ed piece for Financial Times claimed to have helped deliver a message from President Zardari to the then US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen seeking help against a possible military takeover. In return, Ijaz had claimed that Zardari offered to replace army and intelligence leadership.

    The secret communication was flatly denied by the government. Admiral Mullen too initially denied having dealt with Ijaz, but now acknowledged having seen the memo. However, the admiral maintains that he disregarded it for not being credible.

    “Adm. Mullen had no recollection of the memo and no relationship with Mr. Ijaz. After the original article appeared … he felt it incumbent upon himself to check his memory. He reached out to others who he believed might have had knowledge of such a memo, and one of them
    was able to produce a copy of it,” his former spokesman Capt John Kirby told The Cable.

    “That said, neither the contents of the memo nor the proof of its existence altered or affected in any way the manner in which Adm.

    Mullen conducted himself in his relationship with Gen Kayani and the Pakistani government. He did not find it at all credible and took no note of it then or later. Therefore, he addressed it with no one,” Capt Kirby added.

    Admiral Mullen’s acknowledgement is likely to add to the raging storm.

    This is not the first time Ijaz, who heads New York-based Crescent Investment Management, has created a crisis situation for the government in Islamabad.

    He tried to vilify Pakistan government in 1995 when his demand for 15 million dollars for delivering votes in the United States House of Representatives for the passage of the Brown Amendment was rejected.

    Ijaz is also known for his association with former CIA Director James Woolsey.

    But sacking Haqqani may not be all that easy and as one of his aides suggested, in a telephonic conversation with Dawn, the issue was much more complicated than it met the eye. “Is it only the ambassador or the top man (Zardari) is also under the cloud,” the aide retorted when asked how the envoy planned to deal with the situation.

    Besides, the military is said to have not been satisfied with government’s explanations and is pushing for “a deeper and meaningful probe/fixing of responsibility”.

    As the plot thickens fingers are now being pointed to a senior presidential aide for his alleged role in drafting the memo.

    The military, a source claimed, was in possession of intelligence indicating that days after the delivery of memo on May 10 the US started closely monitoring the developments and particularly kept a close eye on the subsequent corps commanders’ conferences and what
    transpired during those sessions.

    This revelation seemingly contradicts Mullen’s latest claim that he had disregarded the memo.

    Meanwhile, another source said, the country’s permanent representative to the UN Hussain Haroon is likely to be made ambassador to Washington in the event of acceptance of Mr Haqqani’s resignation, while Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir could then take up the position in New York

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/18/haqqani-fights-a-grim-battle-for-survival.html

  3. 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.

  4. Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    Mansoor Ijaz is American, and loyal to his land. Other guys is Pakistani and disloyal to Pak and his President – my point @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi
    49 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    SMQ and IK has their hatred based on Estb plan! So may Mansoor Ijaz. But HH loyalty 2 is not with AZ or Pak @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi @husainhaqqani
    58 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    HH is a Jamatia,, agent of both CIA and ISI, he misused his position against democracy, h must be tried @RiazToori @Husainhaqqani

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    @
    Haqani was imposed on democratic govt by CIA, he is trying to bring down democracy as govt denied US demands. @Rabail26 @husainhaqqani
    1 minute ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    @
    This bastard Jamatia…deserves nothing but a trial for mis-representation of Pak Govt for foreign interests @Rabail26 @husainhaqqani
    12 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    u published BB’s fake pictures when on Nawaz parole – misused ur position to against today govt..u deserve a fair trial! @husainhaqqani
    15 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    Haqqani, I told you some times back that you will have a terrible end like all other traitors, who tried to hurt Pakistan! @husainhaqqani
    20 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    @
    A traitor who wants to bring down democracy as Zardari govt did not bow down to USA, this bastard should be tried! @Mehmal @husainhaqqani
    23 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    @
    HH is a Mehsood mahmood of presnet govt, he will be a wittness against Zardari as he did not bow down to America! @Rabail26 @husainhaqqani
    26 minutes ago

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    @
    HH is a Jamatia,, agent of both CIA and ISI, he misused his position against democracy, h must be tried @RiazToori @Husainhaqqani
    30 minutes ago
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    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    Fair investigations – If Ambassador Hussain Haqani misused his position to bring down democracy – he should be tried!
    36 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Nadeem_Gehla Ahmad Nadeem Gehla
    He was never a member of PPP or appointed by Pak, a traitor forced upon on PPP govt by CIA and Pak military Estb @husainhaqqani @marvisirmed

    Rabail26 Rabia Mehmood
    Amb @husainhaqqani: ‘I have met Mansur Ijaz -probably- 3 or 4 times in my entire life.’ Admits to bb msgs exchange w/ him. #memogate
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    Rabail26 Rabia Mehmood
    Watch @husainhaqqani on Express News right now. #memogate

    Rabail26 Rabia Mehmood
    Aaj tak Pakistan fauj ne meray baray mein kisi tahaffuz ka izhar nahi kiya: @husainhaqqani #memogate

    Rabail26 Rabia Mehmood
    .@husainhaqqani repeated a # of times tht Pak intelligence agencies & military leadership have never expressed doubts abt him. #memogate

  5. L’affaire Mansoor Ijaz

    by Najam Sethi

    
    An article in a British paper last month by Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman with political connections in Washington, has taken a toll of the civilian government of President Asif Zardari in Islamabad. The irony is that it was written to strengthen Mr Zardari against encroachments by General Ashfaq Kayani.

    Mr Ijaz claims that shortly after the US Navy Seal raid to extract OBL from Abbottabad on May 2, the Zardari government felt threatened by General Kayani and sought out Mr Ijaz to convey its insecurity to Admiral Mike Mullen, the then Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff and avowed “friend” of General Kayani, to fend off a possible coup. Accordingly, with the help of a top Pakistani diplomat close to President Zardari, Mr Ijaz drafted and dispatched a secret “memo” portraying the Pakistani military as being part of the problem rather than the solution to America’s dilemma in Afghanistan. Interestingly, the “article” also paints the Pakistani military in negative light and exhorts the Obama administration to start wielding the stick instead of offering carrots to it.

    One might have expected the Pakistani media to focus on several critical questions raised by the memo. First, what was the nature of the threat faced by President Zardari from his army chief that compelled his diplomatic envoy to seek American help in warding it off? Second, what was the Pakistani government’s need to specifically seek out Mr Ijaz to do the needful when direct and confidential contact already exists between the two governments? Third, why is the Pakistani military such a “problem” for the strategic interests of both governments?

    But these issues have largely gone begging. Instead, such is the poverty of philosophy, the Pakistani media has trained its gun sights on the Pakistani diplomat and elected government who are both charged with “conspiring against the state”. This is an extraordinary statement that reverses the established order of the Pakistani constitution. The civilian government is duly elected and all organs of the state are constitutionally subservient to it. But in this formulation “one” organ of the state, the military, has been substituted for the “whole” of the state and an elected and legitimate civilian government has been made subservient to it! Instead of the military conspiring against the elected government, it is the government that is charged with conspiring against its own military.

    In the event, it isn’t surprising that the military has turned the tables on the civilians once again. Mr Ijaz has been compelled to reveal all in order to prove his credibility but the irony is that he will never again be taken as a credible and confidential interlocutor by anyone. The finger is pointed at Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, as the diplomat in question and the military has demanded his head. But the irony is that President Zardari will only weaken himself further by cutting his most articulate and friendly link with Washington.

    The military has been gunning for Hussain Haqqani for over a decade. He ran afoul of General Musharraf in 2002 for his critical newspaper columns in Urdu and English. So he decamped to the US where he wrote his seminal book on the unholy historical nexus between the Mosque and Military in Pakistan. After he was appointed Ambassador to Washington in 2008, the military embarked upon a campaign to defame him. He was accused of acting against the “national interest” by manipulating the insertion of “pro-democracy” clauses in the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation that committed $7.5 billion to Pakistan over five years as a “strategic ally.” He was blasted for enabling CIA operatives to get visas despite the fact that authorization for over 90 per cent duly came from the Pakistan Foreign Office/ISI or the Prime Minister’s secretariat. He was criticized for pledging an impartial and public investigation into how OBL came to be lodged in Abbottabad when the military was insisting there would be no more than an internal secret inquiry at best. And he was painted as an “American agent” for recommending a pragmatic and responsible Af-Pak and US-Pak foreign policy.

    The writing on the wall was clear when Imran Khan thundered against Mr Haqqani in Lahore last month and Shah Mahmood Qureshi demanded an inquiry against him for “conspiring against the state”. Both are inclined to do the military’s bidding.

    The core questions remain. Was the military complicit or incompetent in “A’affaire OBL”? What was the nature of its disagreement with, and threat to, the Zardari government following “Operation Geronimo”? How was Mansoor Ijaz manipulated by various Pakistani protagonists? A third series of questions has risen for the umpteenth time. Is the constitution subservient to the military? Is an elected government answerable to the “state”? Should an unaccountable military or elected civilians define the “national interest”?

    The fate of Asif Zardari’s PPP and also that of Nawaz Sharif’s PMLN, the two mainstream parties that majorly represent the Pakistani voter, hinges on answers to these questions.

    http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20111118&page=1

  6. Replying to a question regarding a news item about Mansoor Ejaz, published in the US newspaper, he said that some elements are working against Pakistan’s democracy, government, and the Army.
    Replying to another question regarding a letter written to Mike Mullen, he said “Neither a letter was written by me, nor I have given permission to anyone to do so.”
    He regretted that Mansoor Ejaz in his write-up, had expressed his views against security agencies.

    http://www.aaj.tv/2011/11/ambassador-haqqani-rejects-mansoor%E2%80%99s-allegations/

  7. MalikSirajAkbar Malik Siraj Akbar
    @husainhaqqani HH, if I were u & if I had written the memo, I,d be very proud of myself. if u wrote it own it. It was the best u could do.

    Sam_Schulman Sam Schulman
    shrewd @laibaah1 abt Amb.Haqqani’s charm, opportunism + oft-denied past as supporter of #Pakistan’s deep state bit.ly/t3PHpG

  8. A sceptic’s guide to memogate

    Cyril Almeida | Opinion | From Dawn Newspaper

    WHEN reality is so distorted, how does the record get set straight?

    Memogate — the alleged plea by Husain Haqqani/Asif Zardari to save the civilian government from an army coup after May 2 in return for sacking military principals and disbanding a shadowy cell of the ISI that manages links to militant groups — was less startling than preposterous.

    While this is Pakistan and anything is possible, some things are still more possible than others.

    Ijaz, described by anyone who has interacted with him as a smarmy self-promoter, explained in The Financial Times the reason for the memo he had delivered to Mike Mullen through an intermediary as thus: “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.”

    Rewind to the days between May 2 and May 10. There was anger in Pakistan, hard questions were being asked, backs were to the wall, people were in danger of losing their jobs, resignations were being demanded publicly and privately — but unless I was living in a different country those eight days, it was the army high command that was in danger then, not the bumbling civilians.

    The month of May was the army`s mensis horribilis — a truly horrible month in which May 2, the PNS Mehran attack and the disappearance and murder of Saleem Shahzad had put the generals on the rack, public opinion-wise. The idea that the wily Zardari and scheming Haqqani had not figured out which side was in danger and which wasn`t after May 2 seems, well, implausible.

    In fact, so profound was the anger and shock here over May 2 — partly over why Osama bin Laden was tucked away in a compound in the army`s shadow but mostly over how the Americans were able to operate in Pakistan proper for an hour and a half or two unimpeded — that by the end of the month, everyone interested in righting the civil-military imbalance was lambasting the civilians for declining a once-in-a-generation, maybe once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to do something about that imbalance.

    Memogate, then, if true, necessarily implies that Haqqani and Zardari were afflicted by a paranoia bordering on delusion: the other side, the boys in uniform, was in the deepest doodoo of their lives, and it`s the civilians who were worrying about their jobs?

    Could Haqqani/Zardari be that staggeringly out of touch with reality? My hunch, and it`s only a hunch, is: no.

    Zardari can and does say inane things and at times exhibits a peculiar complacency bordering on irrationality. Evidence of this came recently from a congressman, Michael McCaul, who went public with Zardari`s misreading of the mood in US policy circles.

    From this newspaper earlier this month: “According to Mr McCaul, the president also appeared to brush off threats that US aid to Pakistan could be significantly cut if Islamabad did not do more to squeeze militants like the Haqqanis.

    “`I think he thinks it`s a given that we are going to continue the aid, but I tried to tell him that it`s in jeopardy,` Mr McCaul, a Republican congressman from Texas, said of President Zardari. `He said, `I appreciate your assistance, but it`s trade more than aid that I need`.`”

    So yeah, Zardari can be out of touch. But offering to sack army principals he gave extensions to last year and disband a shadowy cell that believes it is specifically protecting Pakistan`s raison d`être in an institution that generally believes it is protecting Pakistan`s raison d`être?

    If true, someone needs to check what`s in Zardari`s meds.

    The more likely, though far from certain, scenario? The boys are up to their tricks again. What they could want is any of several things, or perhaps none of them. Finally get the scalp of the intensely disliked Husain Haqqani? Install favourites in key policy and diplomatic slots? More extensions? Just as likely, it could be murky stuff that you and I know nothing about right now and will probably never ever know.

    The trap may be more elaborate this time, but to anyone who has seen this cloak-and-dagger stuff over the years, the first suspect, the first port of call, is always the same.

    Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of memogate is Mike Mullen`s denial and then clarification of his denial and an outright admission.

    We`re talking here about an administration that doesn`t officially acknowledge drone strikes or the 14-page memo Kayani handed Obama. That a recently retired top-ranking officer will through a spokesperson speak on the record to a reporter about such stuff is, quite frankly, astonishing.

    Sure, Mullen denied he acted on the memo or that he took it seriously, but this two-term chairman of the joints chiefs of staff knows the media worldwide, even the Pakistani media, enough to be aware of his statement`s implications for Haqqani and the media pressure it would pile on Zardari in an already lopsided civil-military relationship that the Americans presumably have some interest in rectifying.

    So yes, memogate is finally genuinely intriguing. Not because it implies games are afoot inside Pakistan, which they always are, but because Mullen has seen it fit to throw Haqqani, and possibly Zardari, under the bus.

    It`s a tantalising question, based admittedly on flimsy evidence, but have the Americans soured on Zardari?

    The writer is a member of staff

  9. Record of calls to and from Haqqani was given, verified by Pak official: Mansoor

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    WASHINGTON: US businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is at the centre of the Mullen Memo-gate controversy, Friday released another chunk of evidence—his phone records of calls made to and received, allegedly, from the Pakistani Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani and his US contact between May 9 and 10, when the controversial memo was prepared and sent.
    Reacting to Pakistani ambassador’s statements on the issue, in which Mr Haqqani said the SMS record was fake, Mansoor Ijaz sent what he said was an authenticated copy of the telephone company record of calls.
    “I presented my original telephone company records to the senior Pakistani official whom I met to verify and validate the evidence in my possession,” Mr Mansoor said adding that “I asked him (the official) to independently verify and check that the numbers of the individuals concerned were in fact their telephone numbers. I further asked him to put the calls in sequence with both e-mail and BlackBerry Messenger messages that had been sent to the ambassador and my US contact so that he could develop a comprehensive picture of the entire set of events.” Mr Mansoor claimed that “the data was transferred to his (the official’s) secure e-mail address directly from my computer, and he verified in front of me that the original telephone bills and original e-mail and BBM traffic were authentic and forensically unaltered.”
    The US businessman also recalled a Blackberry Message conversation in which Mr Haqqani had stated: “Husain Haqqani: you can keep saying you delivered a message and show BBM convos (conversations) to prove it… Basically, you don’t get it.”
    In another such conversation, this time by SMS, on November 11, 2011, Mr Haqqani says: “I have just changed BBs…I may never trust you or your judgment again…”
    The telephone record released by Mansoor shows the dates, time, phone numbers, duration of the calls made and received. “All calls were made from or received into my GSM number, +44 7730 33 ——.”
    The following is the record. Name and phone numbers of the US contact have been deleted (IN indicates incoming call, OUT indicates outgoing call):
    DATE/TIME/TEL NO/ DURATION IN/OUT/DESCRIPTION
    05-09-2011,12:35:49, +442071060900, 16:03, OUT, Husain Haqqani at Intercontinental London, Room 430
    05-09-2011, 12:58:06, +1703———-, 02:25, OUT, US CONTACT, Home (spoke to wife, left message)
    05-09-2011, 13:54:31, +1703———-, 19:26, IN, US CONTACT, returning phone call from mobile phone
    05-09-2011, 17:51:41, +16179532835, 00:23, OUT, Husain Haqqani mobile
    05-09-2011, 18:28:45, +16179532835, 02:34, IN, Husain Haqqani mobile calling in
    05-09-2011, 18:36:41, +1703———-, 00:48, OUT, US CONTACT mobile, relaying essence of Haqqani call
    05-09-2011, 21:20:11 +442071060900, 00:31, OUT, Husain Haqqani at Intercontinental London, Room 430
    05-10-2011, 00:30:55, +16179532835, 01:17, IN, Husain Haqqani mobile calling in
    05-10-2011, 00:33:05,+1703———-, 01:39, OUT, US CONTACT mobile
    05-10-2011, 09:06:16, +442071060900, 11:16, OUT, Husain Haqqani at Intercontinental London, Room 430
    05-10-2011, 14:51:33, +1703———-, 02:55, OUT, US CONTACT mobile

    http://images.thenews.com.pk/19-11-2011/ethenews/t-10399.htm

  10. ISI official met Mansoor in Europe to verify evidence

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    ISLAMABAD: The ISI conclusively authenticated the delivery of treasonous secret memo to Admiral Mike Mullen before Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani recently took up the serious issue with all seriousness with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
    Informed sources said that a key ISI official personally flew to Europe recently and met Mansoor, the man who caused the storm, to ascertain the authenticity of the evidence as claimed by him. It was only after the ISI’s satisfaction over the kind of evidence that Mansoor produced that the army chief decided to take up the matter with the president and prime minister.
    Although, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani categorically denied his involvement in the memo issue in any manner, Mansoor showed to the ISI all the relevant messages, e-mails and other evidence to prove that Haqqani was the person who initiated and drafted the memo.
    Of late Mansoor, an influential Pakistani-American businessman, had told Geo TV n an interview that he had already shared his evidence with some Pakistani officials. He, however, had not disclosed that the official(s) he met was from the ISI.
    Husain Haqqani, however, pleads that he is innocent and has nothing to do with the memo as referred to by Mansoor and confirmed to have been received by Mike Mullen after his initial denial. Haqqani also assures that he would be in Islamabad in a few days time to explain his position before President Asif Ali Zardari.
    The Presidency as well as the government insists that Haqqani would be here very soon to clarify his position but some believe that he might not come unless he is sure that he would not be arrested or interrogated.
    Haqqani says that he has a lot of opposition in Pakistan for the reason that many in Pakistan do not like a civilian ambassador to serve Pakistan in Washington. He did not explain as to who precisely are against him in Pakistan, he is believed to be referring to the country’s Establishment that from day one was not happy with his appointment as Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington.
    There are some who do suggest here in Islamabad that Haqqani should be taken into custody upon his arrival in Pakistan. The secret memo issue remained a non issue for the Presidency, prime minister, the regime and even the ambassador till the time the army chief took a clear stance that this is too serious an issue to be overlooked. Although the government has finally moved and sought an explanation from Haqqani, despite the publication of Mansoor’s article on the memo issue in the Financial Times on Oct 10, the Presidency, the Washington embassy or the government here have not issued a rebuttal to FT.
    Before the memo issue, the Pakistan Army and the ISI have been extremely upset with Haqqani on the matter of visa issuance to hundreds of Americans without due prior-scrutiny of the Pakistani security agencies. Haqqani, however, denied this charge but despite the Establishment’s reservations the Gilani regime following US pressure authorised the Haqqani-led Washington embassy to issue visas on its own without referring their cases even to the FO and the ISI and other security agencies.

    http://images.thenews.com.pk/19-11-2011/ethenews/t-10388.htm

  11. Zardari is a traitor including all his gang members where ever they are, these bastard are curse for the country. This barstard was notorious as 10%, now he overpowered everything and you can well imagine what he would be doing. All fucking politicians are responsible for making him president, they all must be hanged.

  12. If Mansoor Ijaz’s allegation was creditible enough for DG ISI to go pay him a visit all the way to London, how come Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza’s allegation with Quran on his head, that Altaf Hussain wrote a letter under his signature and MQM letter head to PM UK asking to influence for complete disbanding of ISI (not just a section) and offering to collect intel – was not considered worth a similar inquiry by ISI or media??

  13. It is a Mystery. Is any letter worthy which is not signed and sent by a person who has no portfolio? If I will send any letter to any Government, what will be its fate? (Sure-Dustbin)
    barkatali

  14. the problem is fear , even for the culprits at the top. and the memo is a result of that fear. We the people of Pakistan are respomsible for choosing such dishonest sluggish and vulnerable leaders to serve us and safeguard our country. The electronic media along with its bullshit Anchors who inculcate their manipulated views in the minds of people and cosequently our people chose such rascals as their representatives. Kiyani will not take over for sure I think he has decided to let Pakistani people learn a lesson that Bastards ( Politicians ) remain Bastards after all.

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