Pakistan News : Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States and PPP leader, Husain Haqqani has revealed in his book that the country’s former military dictator made an agreement with the US for drone strikes.
In his recently published book ‘Magnificent Delusions’ Haqqani writes that the establishment and government agreed upon continuing the drone strike agreement with the US.
The former ambassador in his book reveals that the then chairman US Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen travelled to Pakistan in 2008 demanding action against the Haqqani network and other militant groups.
During this visit, the Pakistani Army requested that the US target Baitullah Mehsud the former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief who had threatened Pakistan. It was upon this request that American officials included the Pakistani Taliban on their hit list.
In his book Haqqani claims that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has always been acceptable for civilians, but the country’s army still had a long way to go to recognize the rights of civilians.
According to Haqqani, in November 2009 US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan that he would pressure India for talks on the Kashmir issue if Islamabad stopped its support for Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Afghan Taliban. A letter written outlining this offer was given by US National Advisor James Jones to the then President Asif Ali Zardari.
Offering his clarification on the memogate scandal, Haqqani wrote that accusations of him having insider relations with the US government were false. Haqqani added that if this was the case there would be no reason for him to seek help especially from a disreputable businessman to deliver a message to the US government. Agencies