PAK­ISTANI-U.S. DELU­SIONS

The Washington Times Daily - - World - BY JAMES MOR­RI­SON

Af­ter 66 years of bi­lat­eral ties, U.S.Pak­istani re­la­tions are still based on delu­sions — and Husain Haqqani is on a cam­paign to cor­rect the diplo­matic self-de­cep­tions.

Mr. Haqqani, a for­mer Pak­istani am­bas­sador to the United States, blames both coun­tries for mis­un­der­stand­ing the fun­da­men­tal na­tional in­ter­est of the other as they blun­dered along through a rocky Cold War al­liance against com­mu­nism to a tat­tered part­ner­ship against ter­ror­ism to­day.

“The United States looms much larger in Pak­istan for­eign pol­icy than Pak­istan does in U.S. pol­icy,” he said at the Hud­son In­sti­tute in Wash­ing­ton this week.

U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tions since Pak­istan split from In­dia in 1947 have tried to win friends in the South Asian na­tion with mil­i­tary aid, but Pak­istan has al­ways wanted more.

“Amer­i­cans say Pak­ista­nis do not ful­fill their prom­ises. Pak­ista­nis com­plain that Amer­ica did not come to its aid in its wars with In­dia,” Mr. Haqqani said of Pak­istan’s four wars with In­dia.

Mr. Haqqani sees the United States as a “force for good in the world” but ham­strung by two ma­jor weak­nesses.

“One is Amer­ica’s at­ti­tude to his­tory — that it is ir­rel­e­vant. The other weak­ness is that Amer­i­cans tend to think of the world as a prob­lem for them to solve,” he said.

Pak­istan, on the other hand, is a nu­clear-armed na­tion with an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex, be­set by wild con­spir­acy the­o­ries and torn by re­li­gious strife among ex­trem­ist Mus­lims.

Mr. Haqqani noted that a lead­ing Pak­istani scholar, a physi­cist by train­ing, ac­tu­ally teaches his stu­dents that the world is run by a ca­bal of bankers who con­trol peo­ple through mi­crochips planted in their brains.

When he ar­rived in the United States as Pak­istan’s am­bas­sador in 2008, Mr. Haqqani tried to bridge the dif­fer­ences be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Is­lam­abad.

He tried to be can­did with Pak­istan’s For­eign Min­istry and ex­plain its mis­takes in deal­ing with the White House.

In 2011, in­trigue ended his diplo­matic ca­reer.

Man­soor Ijaz, a Pak­istani-Amer­i­can busi­ness­man, claimed that Mr. Haqqani re­cruited him to de­liver to the Pen­tagon a let­ter seek­ing U.S. mil­i­tary help against a pos­si­ble Pak­istani army coup af­ter U.S. com­man­dos had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a Pak­istani hide­out.

Mr. Haqqani strongly de­nied any role in what be­came known in Pak­istan as “Me­mogate.” A po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated ju­di­cial com­mis­sion ac­cused him of dis­loy­alty, but Pak­istani courts de­clined to try him on charges of trea­son.

He re­signed as am­bas­sador af­ter the scan­dal broke. He now is teach­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Bos­ton Univer­sity and pro­mot­ing his book, “Mag­nif­i­cent Delu­sions: Pak­istan, the United States and an Epic His­tory of Mis­un­der­stand­ing.”

Mr. Haqqani, 57, told the Hud­son In­sti­tute that the book is al­ready con­tro­ver­sial in Pak­istan.

“The book is only two weeks old, and there have al­ready been a num­ber of fat­was, crit­i­cism, [charges of] blas­phemy and traitor,” he said.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS

Anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers on Tues­day place a mock cof­fin on the van­dal­ized pedestal of a me­mo­rial in Cairo ded­i­cated to demon­stra­tors killed in Egypt’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary tur­moil. Egypt’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary groups marked the sec­ond an­niver­sary of some of the fiercest con­fronta­tions be­tween pro­test­ers and se­cu­rity forces.

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