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'Haqqani to go, Assef new FM'

- March 26, 2011 - Updated 00 PKT - From Web Edition

DOHA: A Doha based newspaper Gulf Times in its 26th March edition has said that Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani may not be offered a new contract after the expiry of his current agreement in May.


The paper said: "In the wake of the settlement of the row between Pakistan and the US over CIA contractor Raymond Davis, Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, is likely to be replaced after expiration of his tenure in May this year, sources said yesterday".


'In a significant development, the vacant slot of foreign minister may soon be given to Assef Ahmed Ali, a senior PPP leader and former education minister.'


Ambassador Haqqani is blamed for issuing hundreds of visas to the likes of Davis, a CIA contractor arrested in Lahore in January for killing two Pakistanis, without caring for the prescribed rules and regulations such as the vetting of applications by Pakistani security agencies, the paper reported.

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@ali: before commenting maybe you should check out his 'bio data' on wikipedia.. goes well beyond your imagination or mind.

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haqqani is more american then an american, he always looked after the interest of the US and broke many rules to keep the americans happy, he should not be given any post again and the nation will be happy if he stays in the US.The new FM ASSEF is a very ordinary politician with no creditable bio-data , he perhaps is a good friend of zardari as such is being handed over this important post, which is a dumb thing to do.

Swallowing pride is the first lesson taught to politicians. If Gilani and Zardari were intelligent people they would do the intelligent thing and bring back Qureshi. Nixon wrote in his book that Jhonson ordered Ayub Khan to fire Bhutto. Today Hillari ordered Zardari to oust Qureshi. What a come down in protocols.

Haqqani's colleagues in Islamabad are as guilty as he is.

pleasa get rid of agents and appoint sincere pakistanis who think only for pakistan and build a good image of country among the world

raja zafar iqbal
Hussain Haqqani is an American National. As far as I can remember, he has never come to Pakistan atleast during last 4 to 5 years. He also wrote a book about 8/10 years ago in which he make comments against Pak Army and other security agencies. How do you expect a US national to beheve in a situation where US and Pak interests are conflicting. So, if at all you want to carry out a trial against some body, question those who appointed him.

This person should be punished for Treason.

Naveed Alam Khattak
Saudi Arabia
If its true that visa's were granted without consideration for rules and regulations then not only should he be replaced but also bought beforew the courts for justification for his actions

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