A year ago, Husain Haqqani was a darling of society and political pages in Washington, D.C. As ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, he was credited with keeping U.S.-Pakistan relations on a relatively even keel in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden inside a Pakistani army garrison town. Pundits called him “silver-tongued.” Talking heads gushed about his diplomatic skills.
Things are different now. Haqqani, the 10:45 a.m. morning lecturer in the middle of Week Five’s examination of Pakistan, has had quite a year.
He has been on front pages worldwide several times. He has been defended in some of the world’s most influential op-ed pages. He has been compelled to resign his diplomatic position. He has been placed under virtual house arrest in the residence of the civilian head of Pakistan’s government. His country’s supreme court clearly feels he is guilty of gross dereliction of duty and disloyalty, maybe even treason.