|Army/ISI vindicated, Haqqani's loyalty dubious|
14 June 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Memo Gate Commission report, released after deliberations of a judicial commission, has served to place the Army and ISI on high moral grounds by vindicating their stance that following the Abbottabad raid on May 2, 2011, Ambassador Haqqani manipulated levers of powers in the US, through Mansoor Ijaz, to malign the Pakistan Army by painting unsubstantiated and malicious scenarios of a military coup.
General Kayani and General Pasha both appeared before the Judicial Commission to expose the writing of a memo by Hussain Haqqani, which was delivered by Mansoor Ejaz to General (Retd) James Jones for further communication to the highest levels of political and military circles in the US.
The stance taken by the Army and ISI Chiefs were contested by certain quarters who tended to underscore the denial by the ex-Ambassador Haqqani who denied the entire episode and there was a certain amount of pressure, both internally as well externally, which tended to blame the Army/ISI for chasing the shadows.
The Commission has endorsed the views of Army/ISI that Haqqani was an untrustworthy person who failed to serve the interests of his country in favour of a narrow parochial agenda. Now that a clear endorsement of Army/ISI's stand has emerged, at this time of trial, instead of pursuing political mileage the nation must display unity and stand firm with Army and ISI which are currently the target of a concerted attack by vested quarters.
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