Hussain Haqqani recently penned down an opinion piece in which he wrote how he had helped the Obama regime to help track and kill Osama bin Laden. Naturally, the entire nation was appalled over such blatant admission of a crime and an uproar was created against the actions of the former ambassador to United States.
However, Haqqani says that he made no admissions neither hurled any accusations in his opinion piece and that the matter was being blown out of proportion to distract the public from Panama and other issues.
In a recent interview, Haqqani clarified that he had admitted to the presence of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents in Pakistan, but never claimed that someone had facilitated their presence.
The former US ambassador said that people should not take the matter seriously and that the more one digs into it, the more will be revealed.
Haqqani made these shocking claims in an article called, ‘Yes, the Russian ambassador met Trump’s team, So? That’s what we diplomats do’, which was published in the Washington Post. Haqqani had admitted that with the authorization of the-then elected civilian leaders-President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani-he, as Pakistan’s ambassador to US, had facilitated the presence of large number of CIA operatives in Pakistan to track down Osama bin Laden.
Haqqani wrote in the article; “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 facilitated 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 wrote: “The relationships I forged with members of Obama’s campaign team also led to closer cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in fighting terrorism over the 31/2 years I served as ambassador. These connections eventually enabled the United States to discover and eliminate bin Laden without depending on Pakistan’s intelligence service or military, which were suspected of sympathy towards Islamist militants.”
Members of PML-N have asked for a parliamentary commission to probe the matter further.