US targeted Baitullah Mehsud on Pakistan’s request: Husain Haqqani

Last Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:39

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Pakistan`s former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, in his book, has revealed that Islamabad has often asked the United States to use drones to eliminate Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leaders.

Former TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike in 2009.

In his latest book “Magnificent Delusions", Haqqani claims that Pakistan requested the US to target Mehsud.

He also revealed that US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan in 2009 that he would nudge India towards negotiations on Kashmir in lieu of it ending support to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Taliban, but much to his disappointment Islamabad rejected the offer.

Haqqani describes General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as “personally always agreeable to civilians” but claims that the Pakistan Army “still remained a long way from accepting the right of civilians to debate, let alone define, national interest".

"Since the 1950s Pakistan had wanted an American role in South Asia. Now it was being offered one. In the end, Pakistan would have to negotiate the Kashmir issue directly with India. But at least now the American President was saying that he would nudge the Indians toward those negotiations," Haqqani writes.

This is Haqqani`s interpretation of the secret letter written by President Obama to the then president Asif Ali Zardari, which was personally hand delivered by his then National Security Advisor Gen (rtd) James Jones.

The letter`s content is for the first time being disclosed by Haqqani, the then Pakistan`s envoy to the US.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 09:43

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