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Sent a letter to my friend..and on the way I lost it: Husain Haqqani writes back home

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Geo News is reporting that the Pakistani ambassador to the US – Husain Haqqani (who was also a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this May where he revealed the whole ‘Zardari played a game with the Taliban’ theory) – has written a letter to the Director-General Inter Services Public Relations and the Foreign Secretary. According to the TV channel – which is quoting unnamed sources – he has said that not granting visas to American journalists is not helping Pakistan.

Whether the letter is true or not, not granting visas to journalists – or kicking em out – doesn’t help Pakistan at all. As I pointed out in an earlier post, the reverse discrimination Pakistan does has never helped. In his book (which was published this year) journalist Nicholas Schmidle – who was infamously asked to leave the country – describes how the events unfolded. The book is a must-read for anyone thinking about moving to Pakistan to report.


The News has more details here:

The letter mentions, reportedly, the instances where American institutions or journalists were denied visas, allegedly harassed or put under intelligence surveillance. The instances mentioned in the letter included refusal to renew visas for the chief of Asia Foundation, the director of the International Republican Institute and NBC journalist Richard Engel. It also mentions that Newsweek photographer Kate Brooks’s visa was cancelled and CNN Correspondent Reza Seyah was harassed.


Written by Saba Imtiaz

September 13, 2009 at 3:58 am

Posted in Pakistan, US

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  1. In order to find out the truth about the letter and also the truth about Taliban-Jiahdist sympathizing crazy right wing nuts like Ahmed Quraishi please see following piece –

    Taliban Apologist Ahmed Quraishi Instigates Followers to Harm Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.
    By Wasiq Ali
    This post appeared on RealPakNationalists on September 14, 2009

    Ahmed Quraishi who is a Taliban and Jihadist apologist and once took pride in calling himself the Master of “Immaculate Deception” has now openly called on his Jihadist/Conspiracy Theorist/Taliban sympathizing right-wing nuts to harm or kill Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ahmed Quraishi’s instigation comes in a post titled ‘Husain Haqqani to ISI: Let Blackwater In.’

    Writing in the name of Dan Qayyum or forwarding his writing, Ahmed Quraishi says “Mr. Haqqani’s assertion that deporting Americans found involved in suspicious activity and denying them entry is hurting Pakistan’s image, is idiotic at best and treason at worst. PKKH (Pakistan Ka Khuda Hafiz) requests the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence to take note of Mr. Haqqani’s attempt to undermine Pakistan’s national security – and at the very least, immediately put him under surveillance if not on a lamppost in Islamabad.”

    It is well known that the punishment for treason is death and the meaning of ‘hanging from a lamp post’ is also unmistakable.

    Ahmed Quraishi at one time had called former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a traitor and that was followed by the assassination of the democratic leader of Pakistan by Taliban.

    Although Ahmed Quraishi accuses Husain Haqqani of ‘letting Blackwater in’ what he ignores is that in his alleged letter published in a section of the media, Ambassador Husain Haqqani does not even talk about Blackwater and only mentions American journalists and NGOs. However, this does not prevent Ahmed Quraishi from stating this falsehood because Quraishi’s arguments are never built on fact.

    If one wants the truth and facts one must read today’s Editorial in the Daily Times, which points out what a good job Ambassador Haqqani is doing in a very tough situation.

    “Under the circumstances, Ambassador Haqqani rightly feels that the policy in Islamabad and the mission given to him by Islamabad are running at cross-purposes. His job is to keep the two countries close to each other in the prosecution of the war against terrorism. In order to keep Pakistan realistically facing up to the challenge of the Taliban, a meaningful injection of American assistance is required. American support is also required to acquire loans from the IMF to help Pakistan import essential commodities.”

    “It is true that Pakistan doesn’t have a uniformly good press in Washington. But the ambassador is fighting that trend despite the fact that most of what is printed there is pretty close to what is being revealed in the independent media of Pakistan. But secret agencies have never succeeded in producing a good foreign press. Unfortunately, there could be other less noble reasons behind the “black list”: hatred.”

    “We hope the visas are not being blocked because of the hatred of America that certain officers feel. Worse still, we hope that this is not happening because of incoherence of policy or lack thereof. The blocking of visas will not benefit Pakistan. It will isolate Pakistan and blacken its image at a time when it is emerging from bad times.”

    This is not the first time that Master Conspiracy Theorist-Jihadist Ahmed Quraishi has attacked someone and doubted that individual’s patriotism and loyalty to Pakistan. If we glance around we see that so far Ahmed Quraishi has attacked everyone who represents Pakistan’s interests internationally. Ahmed Quraishi has attacked without regard to any ethics Pakistan’s Baluchi leaders, Sindhi politicians, MQM leaders and all secular politicians. His venom against current elected leaders is especially pronounced.

    Quraishi has been inciting people against the elected leaders of Pakistan ever since the civilian government came to power. He has not spared anyone from President Asif Ali Zardari to former National Security Advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani to Interior Chief Rehman Malik. He has made undignified attacks on U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson as part of his efforts to cultivate national paranoia.

    Through his ranting and columns Ahmed Quraishi has instigated his Taliban-Jihadist followers against these people. The only person he has spared is former President General Musharraf, a usurper and reviled pro-American ruler whom Quraishi openly supported and admired.

    Not just Pakistani leaders and politicians Ahmed Quraishi has not spared the Pakistani media either including the jang-Geo-News group for which he has worked. He has called them CIA agents without explaining why he writes in a newspaper or appears on a channel he describes as part of CIA psy-ops. The Pakistani media apparently is not jihadist and rightwing nutty enough for the Taliban-Jihadist sympathizer Ahmed Quraishi.

    Ahmed Quraishi acts as if he is the only patriotic Pakistani and he can sit in judgement on the patriotism of all 160 million Pakistanis? Are all Pakistanis, except his fake “nationalists” stupid and ignorant if they refuse to believe people like Ahmed Quraishi or is the opposite the truth?

    History has many examples which show that people who shout the loudest about an issue are very often those who are mixed up on the other side of that issue. Could Quraishi be on a mission to sow division among Pakistanis to serve some foreign interest and tehereby undermine Pakistan?

    Who is Ahmed Quraishi and what right does he have to say whatever he feels like against Pakistani leaders and public figures? Ahmed Quraishi must be asked if he is on a mission to divide and polarize Pakistan and on whose behalf is he doing this? Is he a ‘Trojan Horse’ in the garb of a super-patriot? Who were his clients when he ran ‘furmaanrealpolitik’, who were his patrons when he applied for a job at Voice of America (VOA), who helped him travel to Lebanon to report on Hezbollah, who arranged for him to become a highly paid PTV anchor during the Musharraf years and who pays for him so that he can remains engaged in pro-Taliban and anti-democracy propaganda?

    These questions beg answers. Meanwhile, real Pakistani nationalists should take notice of Ahmed Quraishi’s attempts to instigate his Jihadist supporters into harming the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. We hope Ambassador Husain Haqqani will register the fact that if any harm comes to him at the hand of some extremist Jihadist then Ahmed Quraishi and his gang, including Dan Qayyum (if he exists), whould be held responsible. We hope and pray no harm will come to the able ambassador.

    More revelations about the reality of Ahmed Quraishi will follow soon.

    Wasiq Ali

    September 16, 2009 at 4:05 am

    • Wasiq, I think its extremely easy for Pakistanis – particularly right-wingers – to accuse anyone and everyone of treason. One shouldn’t take it so seriously. Ambassador Haqqani is really just doing his job: it reflects on him if the Pak Government is antagonistic towards American journos/NGOs.

      Saba Imtiaz

      September 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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