According to www.husainhaqqani.com

Husain Haqqani is former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (2008–2011). He is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute and co-edits the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Ideology’ published by Hudson Institute’s Center for Islam, Democracy, and Future of the Muslim World.

Hussain Haqqani is the main actor of Memogate scandal.

According to Wikipedia,

On 12 June the supreme court commission released its findings and found that after testimony by all parties and verifying the forensic results of Ijaz's BlackBerry conversations with Haqqani it was "incontrovertibly established" that Husain Haqqani had written the memo and was being called back to Pakistan to face likely charges of treason.

Secondly, his recent writings suggest that he has a deep grudge on the state.

My question is, being one of the most prolific and senior Pakistani diplomats, what made him commit such an act?

  • From the Wikipedia page: ostensibly seeking help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a civilian takeover of the government and military apparatus. You may agree or disagree, but certainly there are important reasons here... Why are you dismissing the "he wanted a civilian government" reason?
    – SJuan76
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 8:45
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    I might be wrong, but AFAIK in Pakistan the military seems to have, how to express it, an "important degree of influence" over the government. You claim that "the army chief never had any such ambition", but in 2011 the last military takeover had ended three years before... Maybe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_coups_in_Pakistan can help explain Mr. Haqqani fears.
    – SJuan76
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 9:03
  • @SJuan76, clearly, you don't know the context of the stepping down of Gen. Musharraf, and the scenario of 2008. Secondly, if you think you are right, then, why weren't more people like Husain Haqqani before 2011?
    – user4514
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 10:09
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    @anonymous Also there have always been bureaucrats and politicians who resent military's meddling in the politics, especially since their meddling has almost always lead the country from one disaster to another (65 war and Pakistan losing technical edge over india, 71 war and Bangladesh separating, Animosity against USSR, Kalashnikov culture, Jihadism, Wahabbism, Sectarian Violence etc). Military has however a strong grip over people and the critics are either violently removed from the stage or defamed widely by ISI.
    – NSNoob
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 13:33
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    @anonymous I beg to differ. When were the civilians afforded to work without military's interference since Ghulam Muhammad introduced General Iskander Mirza and General Ayub Khan to power? "Immaturity of Pakistan" is an absurd argument, I am sorry. India was just as immature as Pakistan, both nations won independence together and yet their military never did what Pakistani military did. They remained loyal to their duties unlike Pakistani military
    – NSNoob
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 5:52

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It doesn't take much research to see why Hussain Haqqani has a dislike for Pakistan due to his kidnapping and being roughed up for a couple months while being detained. It seems this alone would be enough for any normal person to dislike such a country that allows their jail system to treat people so inhumane.

Additionally, as in the second paragraph of the early life and career section of the below referenced post, he worked as a journalist for 8 years covering the war in Afghanistan. It can be deduced that his time during this time frame that his perspective here may have some influence on why he'd later have a dislike for Pakistan.

Relationship with Pakistan's Military

Husain Haqqani has long had a difficult relationship with Pakistan's military. Haqqani had made enemies among some in Pakistan's military due to his criticism of the Army.[36][37] In 1999, he was kidnapped by Pakistani intelligence agents who roughed him up and held him for two months until a court ordered his release.[38] The ISI tried to stop Haqqani from being appointed Ambassador to the United States, and kept him under regular surveillance during his tenure due to his criticism of the military.[2]


Furthermore, based on his early life and career studies in Pakistan college, he spent a lot of time reading about American history. So it seems he may have had influence of the history of America and the American ideologies at play compared to what he understood about current events and/or history of Pakistan.

Early life and career

He frequently visited the library at the US consulate, reading volumes of American history. Later, when students wanted to attack the consulate as part of a protest against the United States, Haqqani refused.[9] Haqqani received a B.A. degree with distinction in 1977 and a MA degree in International Relations in 1980 from the University of Karachi.



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