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Ex-envoy to U.S. wins court victory

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s top court Monday lifted a travel ban imposed on the country’s former ambassador to the U.S. during an investigation into a memo sent to Washington that had enraged the army, in a sign that a scandal that once looked capable of bringing down the government may be losing steam.

Husain Haqqani resigned in November and returned to Islamabad to answer allegations that he masterminded the note, which asked for Washington’s help in curbing the powers of the Pakistani army in exchange for security policies favorable to the U.S.

From wire dispatches and staff reports