Countdown for the curtains to fall on the biggest circus act has begun. The act initiated after an allegedly treasonous memo involving the Americans. A memo co-authored by the envoy of a country, allegedly with the consent of his Head of State, and above all, involved a conflict between de jure civilian rulers and de facto military rulers. All the details, facts and fiction packaged and processed together result in the Memogate mania of Pakistan.
Things in Pakistan are certainly heating up – thanks in part to the memogate scandal that has rocked the very foundations of the country. With the cracks between the army and the civilian government showing very clearly for the first time, the situation in the country is tense and several changes can be expected in the next few weeks.
That the memogate has played a pivotal role in shaking the foundation of the PPP led civilian government. But are things really as they seem?
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The deadline for submission of the public and official statements on the memogate scandal ended on the 15th of December. The memogate scandal has revealed wide fissions between the armed forces – which generally has an upper hand in Pakistan and the PPP-led civilian government. It would not be wrong to say that the memogate scandal is going to define the future of Pakistan for years to come.
With the exception of the President of Pakistan, Asif Zardari – the Army Chief General Kayani, Director General of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, General Pasha, Prime Minister Gilani as well as both Hussain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz have all submitted their official statements in the memogate scandal.
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In Truth Serum this Week: President Zardari’s sudden departure from the country has the world abuzz about the potential of a silent coup in Pakistan. A Foreign Policy article posed several questions about the circumstances and timing of Zardari’s departure. Zardari’s spokesperson and PPP officials are dismissive of the rumors and claim that he is having a routine medical checkup done in Dubai and will be back in the country in a few days. The next few days will determine as to whether anything significant will change in Pakistan but the noose has been tightening around Zardari with the memo gate scandal and the reopening of the NRO cases. Complicating matters further are the deteriorating Pakistani relationship with the United States.
The memogate saga has just claimed its first victim – the Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani. Haqqani’s resignation was accepted by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday and on Wednesday the government announced the instatement of Sherry Rehman as the new ambassador to the United States.
The memogate has ended up showcasing the wide rift that occurs between the civilian government and the military establishment inside the terror-ridden country. With Hussain Haqqani facing possible charges in the future, what is the future of Pakistan’s democratic government? Would he sue his accuser, Mansoor Ijaz – the US based businessman of Pakistani origin, or is there some other controversy going on which is behind the scenes.
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Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani has offered to resign over the ‘Memogate’ – allegations relating to a purported attempt by the country’s President to get help from the U.S. in fighting off a possible military coup.
Husain Haqqani decided to resign from his designation after reports claimed that Husain Haqqani had acted as an envoy for President Asif Ali Zardari, who allegedly wanted to forward a message to the Pentagon that he (Zardari) was ready to replace Pakistan’s military leadership if the U.S. came to his government’s support. Mr. Husain Haqqani clearly denies carrying any such request by Asif Ali Zardari. Husain Haqqani has now been called back to Islamabad an investigation is underway.