Embassy Row: ‘Hurt, but not surprised’

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Mr. Haqqani also said the judicial commission appointed by the Pakistani Supreme Court timed the release of its report to “distract attention” from a corruption investigation involving the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Mr. Haqqani complained that the commission refused his request to submit video testimony but allowed Mr. Ijaz to record his remarks to the panel from London.

“There is no legal case against me,” Mr. Haqqani said, “which is why I have not been charged or tried but labeled guilty through a so-called fact-finding commission, which made no effort to hear my version.”

Some lawyers told reporters in Pakistan that the commission findings might be used to accuse Mr. Haqqani of treason.

Mr. Haqqani, ambassador in Washington from 2008 until he resigned in November, said his “real crime is standing up for U.S.-Pakistan relations for Pakistan’s sake, which is currently an unpopular position in Pakistan.”

“It is tragic that anti-Americanism in Pakistan is being exploited to push ideological agendas,” he told Embassy Row.

“But I stand by my view that positive U.S.-Pakistan relations under a civilian-led Pakistani government are a must for international peace and Pakistan’s stability.”

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or email jmorrison@washingtontimes. com. The column is published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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