I just spoke with Husain Haqqani, the embattled Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., who is the target of yet-another attempt by the Pakistani military and its intelligence branch, the ISI, to smear him in a continuing attempt to seize control of Pakistan's foreign policy from the country's civilian leadership. The latest scandal (you can read about it here) is almost incidental to the main theme: The Pakistani military's unwillingness to allow Pakistan's civilian, elected government -- represented in Washington by Ambassador Haqqani -- to function as Pakistan's actual leadership.
Haqqani has offered President Zardari his resignation, but it has not been accepted, and Haqqani (despite Indian and Pakistani media reports to the contrary) is still in Washington and still functioning as ambassador. He says he is not seeking political asylum in the U.S. (as has also been reported) and he said he will return to Islamabad to consult with President Zardari when the president instructs him to do so. In our conversation, he was in good spirits and seemed simultaneously bemused and defiant: "I am a Pakistani, I will die a Pakistani," he said, when I asked him if he was going to seek asylum in the U.S. "I've lived in the United States so many years without seeking citizenship, and this is because I have a love for Pakistan."