Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan envoy to the US who helped the country in operation against Osama Bin Laden, is facing huge trouble in his homeland. Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police have registered a case against Haqqani for allegedly giving hate speeches and writing books and articles defaming the military and the government. Haqqani has been named in FIRs lodged by three people in two police stations in the Kohat district of the province, where he is accused of “maligning” Pakistan in his books. The three FIRs were registered in Cantonment and Bilitang police stations were lodged by Momin, Muhammad Asghar and Shamsul Haq. The complainants accused former ambassador had caused irreparable loss to the country and defamed it. In the FIR, Asghar alleged Haqqani was a “mentor of the Memogate scandal” and had issued visas to “CIA and Indian agents” while serving as Pakistani ambassador to the US. Haqqani has served as ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and was removed for his alleged role in what is known as the Memogate controversy.
Earlier, Haqqani had faced the wrath of Pakistani parliament for his column in The Washington Post in which he had written that he had helped US forces in eliminating al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden when the government and the Inter-Services Intelligence had been kept in the dark about the secret operation.
The said scandal was about a memo sent to former Admiral Mike Mullen, apparently seeking the help of the Obama administration to avert a military takeover in the wake of the raid at the hideout of Bin Laden in May 2011. Haqqani has also served as ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1993. Charges brought against Haqqani include criminal conspiracy and waging a war against Pakistan.
However, Haqqani has slammed Pakistan army over registration of FIRs. “How weak must the Pakistan army be, if an individual’s articles and books amount to waging war against it. As far as FIR is concerned, it won’t make any difference. It is only aimed at propaganda war inside Pakistan,” Haqqani has said. Haqqani has also made a clarion called to his country not to defy the global community over terrorist Hafiz Saeed. Haqqani has said that Pakistan should rather cooperate on the issue with the United Nations.
Further, Haqqani has observed that it would be in Pakistan’s interest to give in to the demands of the UN. “It would be in Pakistan’s interest to give United Nations monitoring team complete access to Hafiz Saeed and all entities associated with him. The very fact that Pak wants to hide him from rest of the world basically makes the world more suspicious,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.