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.”

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