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.
President Barack Obama has ordered a sharp increase in drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan in recent months, anticipating the CIA may soon need to halt such operations in Pakistan’s territory, two U.S. officials said.
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.
A missile strike, suspected to have originated from a U.S. drone, killed two people and injured three in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, said Kifayatullah Durrani, a spokesman for the administration of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of U.S. scholars and former officials wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the Obama administration to express concern to Pakistan’s leaders about threats against Husain Haqqani, that nation’s former ambassador to Washington.