Tag: Husain Haqqani

Why the courts won't do the expected, or the logical

Pakistani politics is an endless procession of surprises. The expected never occurs and hardly ever in the expected manner. So, those of us who thought Nawaz, the judges and the khakis combined would pull a genie out of a BlackBerry and Husain Haqqani would be hanged are, well, a tad disappointed. But don’t bow your…

What does the Pakistan Army want now?

It’s not easy taking your problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. Something mysterious ails the country’s president. The opposition, inside and outside parliament, is calling for early elections, ostensibly to pre-empt an army takeover. The robes seem ready to bring their gavels crashing down on the government. The rightwing…

Abandoned by the US?

In a society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught; in a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. That, some would say, sums up the world in which Husain Haqqani lost his job as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. The swift action to replace Haqqani with Sherry Rehman will…

Ambassadors of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Peace Activists Address South Asia Peace Conference at University of North Texas

America Sends Fruits and Drones to Pakistan (Ambassador Husain Haqqani) New Silk Road will Revolutionize Afghan Economy (Ambassador Eklik Hakim) Pakistan’s Ambassador in Washington DC Husain Haqqani has revealed that America not only sends drones to Pakistan, it also sends fruits. Addressing the South Asia Peace Conference at the University of North Texas on Saturday…

General Confusion

“As you may have heard,” Gen. Ashfaq Kayani said, calmly lighting another cigarette, “I’m India-centric.” The Army chief was referencing Bob Woodward’s assessment in Obama’s Wars, which had just been released. The 30-odd journalists who were at the briefing in Rawalpindi last November where the general made these remarks chortled. But this was no joke. General…

Paradise Lost

The trouble with trouble is that it usually starts out as fun. When President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was dead, there were cheers all round. Pakistan’s prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani wasted no time in declaring bin Laden’s killing by U.S. special forces in Abbottabad a “great victory.” President Asif Ali Zardari wrote…