Pakistan embassy in US removes portrait of ex-envoy critical of leadership

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WASHINGTON: In an uncommon transfer, the Pakistani embassy within the US has eliminated the portrait of its former prime envoy Husain Haqqani who has been crucial of Pakistan’s army and political management.
Haqqani was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US from Might 27, 2008 to November 22, 2011, which is taken into account as one of the tumultuous interval of the US-Pakistan relationship.

The 61-year-old diplomat has been crucial of Pakistan’s army and political management.

The report of removing of his portrait from the Pakistani embassy right here first appeared in Pakistani media and shortly caught the eye of social media.

Nonetheless, the Pakistani embassy web site continues to have his identify on the record of envoys posted in Washington.

The Pakistani embassy didn’t reply to a query by PTI on this regard however Haqqani stated removing of his portrait on no account would “erase” the three years from historical past. In a tweet, he described this transfer as “juvenile”.

This “wouldn’t cease me” from criticising “disastrous insurance policies” of the federal government, Haqqani stated.

Haqqani now heads the South and Central Asia division of Hudson Institute, a prime American think-tank.

Early this yr, Haqqani together with Lisa Curtis of ‘The Heritage Basis’, one other prime American think-tank, had co-authored a report on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Just a few months later, suggestions of this report turned the premise of the brand new Afghanistan and South Asia coverage of the Trump administration.

Curtis now heads the South Asia division of the White Home’s Nationwide Safety Council.

Quickly after Trump introduced his Afghanistan and South Asia coverage, by which he sought extra accountability from Pakistan, Pakistan International Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif accused Haqqani of being behind the powerful American coverage in opposition to Pakistan.

Writer of a number of books together with ‘Pakistan Between Mosque & Army’ and ‘Magnificent Delusions’, Haqqani has been a harsh critic of a few of the insurance policies of Pakistani Military, particularly use of terror teams and assist to non secular fundamentalists.

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