When Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, visits the White House tomorrow, he may find President Barack Obama on the defensive. A new report from Amnesty International alleges that some U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan may amount to war crimes.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has offered to resign to defuse a controversy in Islamabad over an alleged appeal to top U.S. military officials to prevent a coup in Pakistan earlier this year.
Life for many members of Washington’s diplomatic corps is, one imagines, pretty much a picnic. For example, the ambassador from Barbados generally faces no career-threatening crises. Nor does the ambassador from Luxembourg.
Any decision by Congress to slash aid to Pakistan, a step advocated by some lawmakers and Republican presidential hopefuls, would harden public opinion there against the U.S., Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington said today.
A Pakistani judicial commission found the nation’s former ambassador to the U.S. sent Pentagon chiefs a secret memo seeking help to avert a possible coup in May last year amid turmoil after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The businessman who claimed that Pakistan’s president sought U.S. help to avert a possible coup last year testified before the commission probing his account, which sparked a power struggle between elected and army leaders.
President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan as the Supreme Court opened hearings to determine whether he asked the U.S. in May to intervene against a possible army coup, an account that has widened a rift between civilian and military leaders.