Ambassador’s Resignation Ramps Up U.S.-Pakistan Tensions
Posted on Nov 22, 2011
Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., one Husain Haqqani, found himself in hot water and out of a job Tuesday after a lobbyist in the States claimed Haqqani tried to recruit help in keeping military factions from dominating his home country by circulating a clandestine memo last spring. This is the sound of diplomatic backpedaling. —KA
Mr Haqqani was summoned to Islamabad last week—he quit after meeting Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders on Tuesday.
“I have requested PM Gilani to accept my resignation as Pakistan ambassador to US,” he said in a Twitter post shortly after the meeting.
... “I have much to contribute to building a new Pakistan free of bigotry and intolerance,” Mr Haqqani said in another Twitter post. “Will focus energies on that.”
Husain Haqqani attempted crisis management with the help of Twitter.