ISLAMABAD: The Memo commission in its 121-page report has found Hussain Haqqani a person, who held the Constitution and the law of his own country in utter contempt besides dishonouring his own undertaking, violating the order of the apex court and disobeying repeated orders of the commission.
The commission, which concluded that Haqqani was the architect and originator of the memo and that his acts were of disloyalty to Pakistan that contravened the Constitution of Pakistan, has found Haqqani a kind of character who could not be trusted and is full of double standards.
The commission report, which escaped the media focus because of the recent developments particularly the emergence of Trapgate involving Malik Riaz and Dr Arslan Iftikhar, is a complete charge sheet against the former ambassador and a close confidante of the rulers in Islamabad.
In its conclusion about the turns and twists of Haqqani, the commission reported: “(a) Mr Haqqani advocated double standards; (b) Mr Haqqani, who is subject to the Constitution and laws of Pakistan, disregarded them; (c) Mr Haqqani violated the terms of his contract, the law and the rules governing government/civil servants that he had specifically agreed to abide by; (d) Mr Haqqani gave a solemn undertaking to the Hon’ble Supreme Court, that he would present himself before the commission on four-day notice, but violated his undertaking; (e) Mr Haqqani travelled by air when it suited him, but stated the he could not undertake air travel because of medical reasons, and; (f) Mr Haqqani took the plea that his security was under threat but did not support it with any material.”
The report said that the Mr Haqqani alleged that he was ill and could not travel by air, but failed to even partially establish this, and on the contrary was found travelling extensively during the period of his ostensible illness. “Mr Haqqani pleaded health as a ground to deter his undertaking air travel to Pakistan but this ground was demonstrably false.” In coming to Pakistan, the commission noted, Mr Haqqani would be coming to his own country (whereas Mr Ijaz Mansoor would have to travel to a distant country). Mr Haqqani’s concerns of his personal safety were mere assertions that were not backed by any material.
Exposing the so-called threat factor, the commission wrote, “Mr Haqqani was an honoured guest at the Prime Minister’s House, one of the most secure locations in Islamabad.” On the basis of evidence collected and testimonies undertaken by the commission, the report unambiguously said, “(2) It has been incontrovertibly established that the memorandum was authentic and Mr Haqqani was the originator and architect of the memorandum. Mr Haqqani sought American help, he also wanted to create a niche for himself by making himself forever indispensable to the Americans. He lost sight of the fact that he is a Pakistani citizen and Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States of America, and therefore his loyalty could only be Pakistan. (3) Mr Haqqani, by offering his services as part of a proposed ‘national security team’ to a foreign government, voicing the ‘great fears’ that ‘Pakistan’s nuclear assets are now legitimate targets’ and his seeking to bring ‘Pakistan’s nuclear assets under a more verifiable, transparent regime,’ stating the ISI maintains ‘relations to the Taliban’ and offering to ‘eliminate Section S of the ISI’ and to help ‘pigeon-hole the forces lined up against your (US) interests’ created issues in the bodypolitick and were acts of disloyalty to Pakistan that contravened the Constitution of Pakistan.
(4) The purpose of the memorandum was to show that the civilian government was friends of America, but needed to be strengthened to prevail upon the army and the intelligence agencies, and to be able to do so American help was required to set up a civilians national security team, to be headed by Mr Haqqani.........(6) We may observe that Mr Haqqani had chosen not to live in Pakistan, had been working in USA, where he appeared to have made his life, held no property or asset in Pakistan, held no money in a Pakistani bank, but despite having no obvious ties to Pakistan was appointed to the extremely sensitive position of Pakistan’s ambassador to the USA, and in addition to being paid a salary and accompanying emoluments was handed a largesse of over two million dollars a year.”
The report also reflected on his career as Mr Haqqani started his political life as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami; at some stage gained the confidence of M Nawaz Sharif and made his debut into public life as the special assistant to the chief minister; also served as special assistant to the caretaker prime minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi; later became special assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who after some time appointed him as ambassador to Sri Lanka; after that he fell out with Nawaz Sharif and became chairman of Urban Democratic Front and spokesman of Pakistan Awami Ittehad; again switched his political allegiance, finding a patron in the late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto; then left Pakistan and took up employment and permanent residence in USA; and then during the present regime got his next and by far the most important job as Pakistan’s ambassador to USA.