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Pak envoy to US offers to resign over 'alleged US link' criticism

Islamabad, Thu, 17 Nov 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Nov 17(ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has reportedly offered to resign following criticism over his alleged close links to Washington.


The move comes after Pakistani-American investor Mansoor Ija had earlier argued in a newspaper article that Haqqani acted as a secret intermediary between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and former Joint Chiefs of Staffs Chairman Admiral (retired) Mike Mullen after former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's killing.


According to the Christian Science Monitor, the US raid leading to Bin Laden's killing, growing rifts in Pak -US ties over the Afghan War, the uncertain future of the Taliban, and the endangered security of the region could cost Haqqani his job, though his exit is yet to be confirmed.


Haqqani had reportedly tendered his resignation on November 16, according to Pakistani news channels Geo and ARY.


Foreign Policy's blog The Cable also reported that Haqqani told them he has offered to resign.


Haqqani has given no indication of his impending resignation but said his upcoming home trip was part of his normal diplomatic routine.


He also highlighted his difficult position of being close to the US, while representing the opinions and positions of his own country at the same time.


"The hostile environment towards the relationship also impacts the messengers. There are people in Pakistan who basically do not approve of the United States," Haqqani said.


"As I said approval rating is only 12 percent...when they do not approve a close relationship between the United States and Pakistan and then there is this person whose job it is to have this relationship, they become hostile to that person," he added. (ANI)


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