President First, Pakistan Later.

Was skimming thru the late Zamir Niazi’s book The Web of Censorship and came across this wonderful paragraph on Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani:

Haqqani is a man of many roles. The former Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent was the media adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif when Benazir Bhutto was at the centre. He switched to serve caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, and then switched back again to serve Nawaz Sharif when he was elected Prime Minister. In 1992, he was sent to Sri Lanka as Pakistan’s High Commissioner. On the eve of Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal on 18 April 1993, he jumped the sinking ship and joined President Ishaq Khan’s bandwagon. Immediately, he was rewarded by being made a special assistant to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari with the rank of Minister of State. Asked by the BBC if he now deserved a mention in the Guiness Book of Records for switching loyalties so often, his reply was classic: ‘I was always with the President’.

Not much has changed, eh?

Also read: Ayesha Siddiqa’s blog post on Husain Haqqani here.

1 comment
  1. chanced upon this post today, Late Zamir Niazi was my nana and also my mentor, as he was to a lot of more accomplished writers today.
    Glad to see his name being mentioned after him even today..

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