Thursday, January 05, 2012

Pakistan: Former Pakistani US envoy fears life threat

Source: IRNA

Islamabad, Jan 5, IRNA
– Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said he would be murdered if he leaves official residence of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Husain Haqqani, in an exclusive interview to British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ said, 'If I leave my house, I fear I will be killed'.

Husain Haqqani had to resign after a Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz had claimed that he was asked by Husain Haqqani to deliver a memo to the former US military chief General Mike Mullen, seeking US support to avert a military takeover following the killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

Hussain Haqqani has been denying writing and sending any secret memo to US Admiral and terms it a conspiracy against him.

Pakistani Supreme Court is hearing the case of memo and has bared Hussain Haqqani from leaving Pakistan without permission.

He told The Daily Telegraph the allegations against him are false and part of a 'psychological war' against the government of President Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani by 'certain powerful quarters.'

He said that he would only leave the prime minister's residence on three occasions, each under heavy security escort.

'I m a guest of the prime minister with whom I have had a long-standing political association. There are clear security concerns given the hysteria generated against me. Staying at the prime minister’s house is the safest option”, Haqqani said.

Mansoor Ijaz had also claimed to have met Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Shuja Pasha in London and provided him the evidence regarding the secret controversial memo by Pakistani Ambassador in US Husain Haqqani, including phone (BlackBerry messenger) records.