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The Haqqani Memo: A New Height For Treason In Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on January 25, 2012


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Between the denials of Husain Haqqani, threats to a key witness to stay away from testimony, and American efforts to save the incompetent government of President Asif Ali Zardari, the fact remains that ‘The Memo’ is a new height for treason in Pakistan. There can be no higher treason for a serving elected government than to secretly invite a foreign country to decapitate the country’s military leadership, compromise the nation’s strategic weapons arsenal, and voluntarily surrender policy on vital strategic interests.

The Memo did all three. And there is little doubt that Mr. Haqqani, a confidante to President of Pakistan, was involved in this conspiracy.

There is also little doubt he was not alone. Apart from his American partners, a list of Pakistani partners exists. This potentially includes individuals, serving and retired, inside and outside government, who helped in writing The Memo, whose copy was first revealed by a blog on the American Foreign Policy magazine’s website.

Pakistani citizens, conscientious politicians (if any), and the country’s national security managers, cannot take lightly this action against Pakistan by a group of powerful Pakistanis whose only interest was to serve a powerful foreign government, the United States, and its military and intelligence.

One day maybe The Memo would be taught in schools for how high treason looks like in action.

But for now, the following paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of The Memo serves as a reminder to Pakistanis why cases of treason should never be brushed under the carpet.TREASON

1. The writer(s) of The Memo sought to create national division in Pakistan by dividing the government between ‘civilians’ and ‘military’. This deliberate division was meant to incite warfare among Pakistanis, and mislead foreign governments. The rift sought to weaken Pakistan when a war rages on our borders. [Paragraph One of The Memo]

2. The writer(s) of The Memo attempted to create a false impression of a military coup where none existed. [Paragraph One + Two]

3. The writer(s) of The Memo conspired against Pakistan Armed Forces using a misleading phrase, i.e. ‘correcting civil-military relations’. Any such relations are an internal Pakistani matter. It can never justify inviting foreign intervention as the Haqqani Memo does.

4. The writer(s) of The Memo accuse ISI of outing the name of CIA station chief in Islamabad, clearly adopting the position of US government.

5. The writer(s) of The Memo accuse Pakistan of being home to al-Qaeda. [Paragraph Two.]

6. The writer(s) of The Memo blackmail Pakistan using the term ‘1971 moment’. They propose to US government to threaten Pakistan of breakup [like 1971 after an unprovoked Indian invasion] if the Zardari government is held accountable for allowing illegal CIA penetration into the country. [Paragraph Three.]

7. Bluntly ‘requests direct intervention’ by another country in Pakistan. [Para Three]

8. Promises to replace Pakistan’s military leadership with “trusted advisers that include ex-military and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington.” [Para Three.]

9. Promises that the new pro-US Pakistani national security team-in-waiting consists of Pakistanis “each of whom have long and historical ties” to US military and intelligence. [Para Three.]

10. Promises that the name of the new pro-US team to run Pakistan’s military and intelligence are provided verbally through the person delivering The Memo. [Para Three.]

11. Promises six tangible actions in Islamabad in favor of US interests:

11.1 To put Pakistan on trial for “harboring” Al-Qaeda terror chief OBL, and constitute a Pakistani panel for the investigation where US government can screen and nominate members. [Bullet One]

11.2 Bullet Two in The Memo affirms official Pakistani government, military and intelligence complicity in harboring OBL.

11.3 Bullet Three confirms — without evidence — that Al-Qaeda terror group leaders are harbored by Pakistan and will be handed over to US once the new pro-US military and civilian Pakistani national security team is in charge. Also, an offer is extended to allow US military and intelligence to conduct operations on Pakistani soil.

11.4 Bullet Three confirms that these offers have been discussed and approved at the highest levels of the Zardari-Gilani government.

11.5 Promises Washington to implement “an acceptable framework … for Pakistan’s nuclear program.” Any interpretation of this sentence would mean some form of American supervision of Pakistan’s nuclear program. The writer(s) of The Memo suggest that currently Pakistani nuclear weapons are not secure. [Bullet Four]

11.6 Promises to eliminate Section S of ISI that the writer(s) of The Memo claim maintains links to Afghan Taliban. This directly infringes on Pakistan’s legitimate right to deal with players in the region as suited to Pakistani interests. The Haqqani Memo assumes here that Pakistan should follow policy guidelines coming from Washington. [Bullet Five]

11.7 Promises to force Pakistan to submit to the demands of Indian government, suggests Pakistani guilt in 2008 Mumbai attacks, and promises to hand over anyone to India if New Delhi demands. [Bullet Six]

Paragraph Eleven: Promises US government that Zardari government’s interests are the same as Washington’s in aligning Pakistan with India “AND” Afghanistan [capital letters used by the writer(s) of The Memo].

The last line in The Memo reveals the extent of the conspiracy from the Pakistani side. It shows that an entire pro-US team of ex-military and civilian Pakistanis participated in writing this memo. The names of these Pakistanis were verbally conveyed to Admiral Mike Mullen, then US Chairman Joint Chiefs.


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