ISLAMABAD: A 2010 letter from former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s workplace has raised additional questions for the Pakistan Individuals’s Get together over then-ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani’s controversial powers in granting visas to US officers.
“The Ambassador in Washington is empowered to problem visas legitimate as much as one yr with out the Embassy having to refer every such aforementioned visa software to the involved authorities in Pakistan,” states the letter.
The doc, dated July 14, 2010, has surfaced days after Haqqani claimed that, with the authorisation of the-then elected civilian leaders, he had facilitated the presence of huge variety of CIA operatives in Pakistan to trace down Osama bin Laden.
“The ambassador in Washington is empowered to situation entry visas for restricted durations to US officers who’ve been really helpful in writing by the involved US authorities, i.e. the Division of State and whose duly accomplished software varieties, it’s clearly indicated for what functions they intend to journey to Pakistan,” said the letter, signed by Gilani’s Principal Secretary Nargis Sethi.
“The Pakistani embassy in US would challenge these visas underneath intimation to the Prime Minister`s workplace in Islamabad,” it provides.
In an article revealed in The Washington Submit earlier month, Haqqani wrote: “Among the many safety institution’s grievances towards me was the cost that I had facilitated the presence of huge numbers of CIA operatives who helped monitor down bin Laden with out the information of Pakistan’s military — despite the fact that I had acted underneath the authorisation of Pakistan’s elected civilian leaders.”
The previous ambassador had referred to the then president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani as his “civilian leaders”.
Responding over the newest improvement, PPP`s Senator Farhatullah Babar stated that the visas to the American nationals have been issued after following the due process, he added that each one the solutions associated to this situation are in Abbotabad Fee Report.
Haqqani`s article raised political temperature of the nation, members of parliament from treasury and opposition benches questioned his credibility.
The strongest assertion got here from Opposition Chief within the Nationwide Meeting Khursheed Shah, who labelled Husain Haqqani a ‘traitor’, including that the previous Pakistan ambassador was making an attempt to realize consideration of the Trump administration.
“This man [Haqqani] just isn’t worthy of being debated on in Parliament. He’s in search of to realize the eye of the US administration by issuing such statements,” stated Shah, who represents the identical social gathering that Haqqani was previously affiliated with.
Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad by US commandos in an evening raid on Might 2, 2011. The Pakistani authorities claimed it had not been consulted over the raid, and referred to as it referred to as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty.
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