The ISI Campaign Against Husain Haqqani

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Husain Haqqani, the embattled Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., is back in Islamabad, fighting charges that he tried to subvert Pakistani army control of the country's civilian government (I know that sounds absurd, but such is politics in Pakistan). In my Bloomberg View column, I try to put this scandal in context:

Haqqani (no relation to the Haqqanis of terrorism fame) has long been known as a pro-democracy activist and a critic of the army's meddling in Pakistan's civilian affairs. As a scholar (he was a professor at Boston University before taking his current post), he wrote the definitive book on the Pakistani military's unholy alliance with jihadists, "Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military." Haqqani was appointed ambassador to the U.S. in 2008 over the objections of the ISI, which has been gunning for him ever since. This is an absurd campaign for the ISI to wage: Haqqani is one of the few Pakistani officials who have any credibility in Washington, and he has carried water for the ISI numerous times. Self-destructive behavior, however, is also an ISI specialty.

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