Pakistan can’t have terror cake and eat it too, says former envoy Hussain Haqqani

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said Pakistan was in denial about terrorism.

Written by Girish Kuber | Washington | Updated: October 6, 2016 1:52 pm
Hussain Haqqani, pakistan terrorism, India pakistan, india pakistan terrorism, india news, pakistan news Haqqani, once a close aide of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the late Benazir Bhutto, found himself on the wrong side of the establishment in his country after he criticised then President General Pervez Musharraf.

“One surgical strike cannot solve the India-Pakistan problem. I fully understand India’s anger against Pakistan because of terrorism. But why is it spending so much time on Pakistan?” asks Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, now in forced exile.

Speaking to The Sunday Express at Hudson Institute, Washington, a global think tank, where he is Senior Fellow and Director, South and Central Asia, Haqqani said Pakistan was in denial about terrorism.

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“Pakistan has some legitimate grievances and concerns about India,” he said. “But it won’t be heard at international forums until it ends terrorism. Pakistan can’t have the cake of terrorism and eat it too.”

At the same time, Haqqani said, military action by India has its limits of effectiveness.

“It is not kinetic military action by India that will make Pakistan understand the ground reality. Consistent and sustained political, economic and diplomatic efforts alone will bring change in Pakistan,” he said. This is because “a few soldiers getting killed in military operations such as the one carried out by India won’t make any
difference to Pakistan since it loses many citizens in terror attacks on its soil”.


Haqqani, once a close aide of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the late Benazir Bhutto, found himself on the wrong side of the establishment in his country after he criticised then President General Pervez Musharraf.

Later, as ambassador to the US, he was held guilty of authoring a memo that called for direct American intervention in Pakistan during Sharif’s regime and has ever since been persona non grata in Pakistan.

Terrorism, Haqqani said, has created havoc in Pakistan as well. “I am not saying Pakistan should end terrorism for India. But it ought to give it up for its own sake.”

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  1. D
    Oct 2, 2016 at 5:09 am
    Everyone including Medha Patkar is dispensable. No one is above law.
    1. A
      Oct 2, 2016 at 3:02 am
      These terrorist of today were Mujahideen of yesterday cultivated by US against RUSSIA. Why are they doing same in syria? US is no1 responsible for doing this. Why we are ashamed and afraid of acknowledging this fact?
      1. S
        S Subramaniam
        Oct 2, 2016 at 4:13 am
        Terrorism, drugs, naxaliam exported by our neighbours is a larger game plan to cut India into thousand pieces. It all got filip from the recent JNU convergence.
        1. K
          Oct 2, 2016 at 1:38 am
          There are irrational people everywhere. stanis must muster the will to fight against terrorism, for their own sake.
          1. G
            Ganesh Jaguva
            Oct 2, 2016 at 5:00 am
            yeah, u guys r circus animals so u r playing to what ur ring master says.... when will u guys grow up and own up for your actions. america has failed to do anything to cuba, north korea, vietnam none of them r a menace to themselves and others...america has been successeful only with followers of islam . its design has failed all the other places. u guys r just waiting to kill at slightest provocation. then blame the provocator. become humans first
            1. P
              Oct 2, 2016 at 3:34 am
              Don't expect stani to take any action. Terrorism, drugs, arms, kidnappings, killings are their vocations. Every general or zamindar has his own army. Their leaders like Masood shiver remembering petrol injection so they incite feeling of violence against India which is another lucrative business there.
              1. P
                Oct 2, 2016 at 4:30 am
                Read the reactions of movie artistes, Medha Patkar, Mr. Yechchuri and you will know that these fifth columnists are in no way less. India has a rich heritage of Jaichands, Kanhayas, Mir Jaffers. So cheer up. No atom bomb, chemical bomb or biological bomb is going to explode.
                1. G
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 1:45 am
                  Similarly Pak specialists like artists cannot make money in India and go back and live cosily in Pak while we are being bled by terrorist State stan. To what low moral grounds can some people bad in thought word and deed sink, like Yechury and Salman.
                  1. R
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:28 am
                    Even if they cultivate they still say terrorist a terrorist nor Like Muslims as their Mullas call rapists Mujahidin Murders Talibans
                    1. S
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 6:55 am
                      The resolve of Indian people to not let go Kashmir has increased more with stan using terror tactics. Now it is also the question of principles to not to give in to unjust and unethical use of terrorism.
                      1. P
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 6:28 am
                        Yes we know. She wants Indians to die of thirst.bit##h
                        1. M
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 3:27 am
                          The US may have had their objectives; but it is the stanis who agreed to be Mujahideen. They perceived an advantage in furthering religious fervor and a chance to use them against India in Kashmir (Sikh militancy gave them the idea). How can you blame the US for your state ?
                          1. V
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 1:56 am
                            they why you are seeking asylum elsewhere you could have sta in stan and use diplomatic means to prove your innocence?
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