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