Former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, on Tuesday said he was not lobbying against Pakistan’s interests, reacting strongly to Sartaj Aziz’s ‘allegations’ from earlier in the day, according to private TV channel.
In his rejoinder, Haqqani said he knew Aziz was talking about him because another minister had attacked him by name with similar claims.
Government officials should take “responsibility for failed policies” instead of “looking for scapegoats to divert attention from criticism at home” he said.
“I am now a scholar in the US, not a lobbyist,” Haqqani’s statement said. He added that if his opinions as a scholar carry so much weight that US policy is being affected by them, then the Pakistan Foreign Ministry should try to influence his opinions rather than treating him like a pariah and making false allegations against him in the Pakistani media.
“Pakistan’s difficulties in the US were the result of years of supporting ‘jihadis’ and making excuses that are having less and less effect on Americans.
Moreover, Pakistan’s dependence on US aid made it susceptible to changes in the US national mood and attitude,” elaborated Haqqani in the statement released. -Business Recorder