Haqqani summoned, flies home for explanation

Husain Haqqani flying home to meet with President Asif Ali Zardari

Husain Haqqani flying home to meet with President Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has departed for Islamabad. An explanation was sought from him over a secret memo to Washington claiming that President Asif Ali Zardari had feared a military coup.

Haqqani is expected to answer allegations he wrote an explosive memo that asked for Washington’s help in reining in the Pakistani military.

Pakistan’s civilian government has been facing a crisis following a claim by Mansoor Ijaz, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, that he delivered a memo to then-US military chief Adm. Mike Mullen a week after the US raid killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz alleged in a column in the Financial Times last month that a senior Pakistani diplomat asked for help in getting a message from Zardari to then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen.

The memo allegedly requests US help in installing a ”new security team” in Islamabad friendly to Washington.

Ijaz says that the ambassador, Husain Haqqani, was behind the memo.

Haqqani, who denies he was behind the memo, tweeted on Saturday he was heading to the ”motherland”. Officials confirmed his return.

Haqqani also met with US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman before departing for Islamabad.

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