Pak envoy to US Haqqani quits over coup memo

Haqqani has been in the midst of a storm since Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz made the memo public.

Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 00:43 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s ambassador to the US
Husain Haqqani was on Tuesday forced out of office over his
suspected role in a secret memo seeking American help to
prevent a possible coup in Pakistan, which had angered the
powerful Army.

Summoned home three days back, Haqqani was asked by Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to quit when the envoy met the
country`s top civilian and military leadership to explain his
position on what the media is describing as the "Memogate"
controversy.

The ouster of Haqqani, 55, considered close to President
Asif Ali Zardari indicated that in the tussle between the
civilian government and the armed forces over the confidential
memorandum, it is the latter that prevailed.

The meeting was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari,
army chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence
chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

Gilani directed authorities to conduct a "detailed
investigation at an appropriate level" and asked Haqqani to
"submit his resignation so that the investigation can be
carried out properly", said a spokesman for the Prime
Minister`s House.

State-run PTV reported that Gilani sought Haqqani`s
resignation so that a "transparent inquiry" could be conducted
into the memo issue.

The envoy`s resignation had been accepted, it said.
Haqqani too announced his resignation in two messages
posted on Twitter.

Haqqani had earlier said he was ready to resign to defuse
the crisis.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter today said his
country was prepared to help in any investigation into the
memo if it was asked to do so.

Critics of the military establishment and analysts have
questioned Ijaz`s contradictory statements on the memo and his
reasons for making it public.

Ijaz has also come under scrutiny for his claims in the
past that have been debunked by the US administration.

PTI