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Haqqani’s claims vindicate stance of national institutions

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army broke its silence on controversy started by former Pakistan’s envoy to United States Husain Haqqani. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor has said that Haqqani’s article published in US newspaper vindicated stance of Pakistan’s state institutions.

Before ISPR, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also briefed that the present government has cancelled the notification empowering an ambassador to issue visas to foreigners.

Former envoy in his article said that his acts during PPP regime helped the US secret service to track al-Qaeeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad without the knowledge of Pakistan military.

“In November 2011, I was forced to resign as ambassador after Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus gained the upper hand in the country’s perennial power struggle. Among the security establishment’s grievances against me was the charge that I had faciliated the presence of large numbers of CIA operatives who helped track down bin Laden without the knowledge of Pakistan’s army — even though I had acted under the authorization of Pakistan’s elected civilian leaders,” Haqqani’s article reads, published in Washington Post.

After the story became the talk of the town, Haqqani said he did not issue visas as it was not the part of ambassador’s job. Former president Asif Ali Zardari and ex-prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani also repeated the same.

Exclusive: Secret letter exposes blatant lie of Haqqani over visa issuing authority

Howeve the letter, dated July 14, 2010, read: “The Ambassador in Washington is empowered to issue visas valid up to one year without the Embassy having to refer each such aforementioned visa application to the concerned authorities in Pakistan.”