Embassy Row: ‘Hurt, but not surprised’
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.
“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.”
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.
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