By D. Asghar
A fellow blogger commented on the recent development pertaining to Hussain Haqqani’s resignation as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, “its not the end of the world.” I agree with my esteemed colleague. It may not be end of the world, but it sure seems like the world around people leading the PPP government, although may not be ending but it is no longer going to be the same. Many Pakistani Americans would agree along with many Pakistanis that Haqqani sure was one of the best envoy to the US. Perhaps that was his biggest shortcoming.
I agree with my colleague on another forum, where he has said that, many came and left PPP and it has survived. Undoubtedly, the party has the spirit of the most valuable and admired leader, so it is bound to survive.
Haqqani’s departure is solely from the Ambassadorship and not from the party, so he may have a new portfolio soon. One of his tweets, alluded to the fact that he may be representing a more inclusive Pakistan, free of bigotry and intolerance.
When he was summoned to Islamabad by the President, it was more than obvious that he was headed for some challenges ahead. One had to be in total denial to understand the reason for the call. In this day and age, when Skype can bring people face to face, why did the Ambassador, fly to Islamabad, just for a “clarification.”
Enough has been said and written about the circumstances surrounding his departure and the infamous “memogate.” If he is “innocent”, then the most prudent move, would have been an “administrative leave”, till the situation was properly investigated and the outcome was presented to the public.
Prior to his departure, Mr. Haqqani sent his “offer to resign.” His explanation for such an offer was to signal the so called foes of democracy, that he was not hungry for the post.
Despite the never ending streams of tweets and breaking news about “memogate”, the half way sane people can deduce one thing. Whatever went on in a meeting of the so called “Powers of Islamabad”, and the former Ambassador may not come out in public, ever.
One does not need a crystal ball to easily see, that things may not be in favor of PPP led government, from here on. The PTI October 30 Rally, Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s Resignation (6 plus months after the fall out of Raymond Davis Affair, presumably his reason for resignation), “Memogate” and the media hype over it, and lastly the PML N show of strength in Faisalabad over the weekend, are all telltale signs.
The game is on and anyone with an ounce of intellect can see, where are the things headed. The negative press about PPP is on full throttle. Without a doubt, PPP is under immense amount of pressure. Haqqani, undoubtedly built a lot of bridges between the US-Pakistan relationships. It is true that institutions and governments don’t stall without a person, but relationships do.
His replacement better be capable or equally good. A lot hinges on the “Man in Washington.” Why, even those in denial cannot deny the significance of this relationship. All this prior to the Senate Elections is what further solidifies the doubt that so called, “Palace Coup” is in motion.
I hope Mr. Haqqani will remain active in Twitter Universe. I would second another Senior Colleague’s comment, who said that, HH should make sure that his name is not on ECL, and if all possible, slip outside Pakistan. Call me a pessimist, but based on the dubious past of our “Men in Khakhi”, it would be in his best interest. Au Revoir Ambassador Haqqani. Take Care and Best Of Luck.