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Pak: PPP to decide Haqqani's fate today

Nov 21, 2011 08:05 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Pakistan's ruling party Pakistan Peoples Party's core committee is expected to decide on the fate of Pakistan's envoy to the US Husain Haqqani on Monday.

Haqqani met President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday to explain his role in what's been called 'Memo' gate.

Haqqani is accused of sending a memo to the US - allegedly from Pakistani President Zaradri - seeking America's help to avert a possible military coup in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing.

Haqqani has denied having any hand in it and says he is ready to be investigated.

Indian government sources said that the crisis could have been triggered by the Pakistani Army and the ISI. They added that there is a sense of worry in the Indian government that the controversy over the leaked memo could create more instability in an already difficult neighbour.

Separately, ISI boss Shuja Pasha has met businessman Mansoor Ijaz in London to verify Ijaz's claims that haqqani at the behest of Zardari asked him to deliver a memo to admiral Mike Mullen seeking US intervention to prevent a coup in the aftermath of the US raid on Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad.

Sources say Haqqani's resignation will not be accepted immediately and that he will be asked to stay for a month at least.

In the controversial memo Zardari says, "We are prepared to cooperate fully with India on bringing all perpetrators of Pakistani origin to account for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, whether outside government or inside any part of the government, including its intelligence agencies. This includes handing over those against whom sufficient evidence exists to the Indian security services."

Haqqani may well be absolved of any wrongdoing by the civilian government but sending him back to Washington could be seen as a slap in the face of the army - which no civilian government may risk.

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