Despite FIRs, will continue speaking truth: Former Pak envoy to US

ANI | Updated: Jan 22, 2018 19:03 IST

New Delhi [India] Jan 22 (ANI): Former Pakistan envoy to United States Hussain Haqqani on Monday said he would continue to speak the truth despite the First Information Reports (FIRs) against him in Pakistan.

Three FIRs have been lodged against Haqqani at two police stations in Kohat over hate speeches and authoring books and articles against Pakistan's armed forces and its sovereignty.

Talking to ANI, Haqqani said that he never made any comments to hurt Pakistan but always spoke for the betterment of the country and is not afraid of the FIRs.

"As far as the lodging of FIR against me is concerned, I don't think it will make any difference and is aimed at propaganda war inside Pakistan. And, that war has been going on for many years. I think people of Pakistan need to learn the truth and I will continue to tell them the truth where we have taken a wrong turn in our life as a nation so that we can reform ourselves," Haqqani said.

He added Pakistan always narrates false stories to the people of Pakistan and befools them.

He wondered how weak the Pakistani army was that it considered books and articles as means to wage war against it.

"Charge on me in these FIRs is 'waging war against Pakistani army'. An individual who is writing books, articles, expressing opinions, proposing reforms in Pakistan should not be accused of waging war against the army. How weak must an army be if an individual's books, articles amount to waging war against it?" Haqqani said.

On the allegation of hate speech against him, Haqqani said, "The people who have registered the FIRs do not know the meaning of the term 'hate speech'. Criticising a government, its policies is never considered as hate speech. This is another incident which will make Pakistan a laughing stock before the rest of the world."

He added that it is in the interest of Pakistan that it should not be known as a terrorist nation but a nation which has cordial relations with its neighbours.

The former envoy denied the allegations that during his tenure as Pakistan's ambassador to the US he issued visas to the CIA agents.

"No unauthorised visa was issued while I was Pakistan's ambassador to the United States. Pakistan has not suffered anything on account of the American presence in Pakistan, but it has suffered because of the presence of terrorists in Pakistan," Haqqani said.

He added that he was being accused to conceal intelligence failure of Pakistan.

"The US is Pakistan's ally. Every American who visits Pakistan travels with a legitimate visa. If Pakistan's intelligence agencies suspect him of espionage then they can follow such Americans. So, to blame the Ambassador for intelligence failure then it just means that Pakistan's intelligence wants to conceal its embarrassment and doesn't want to face the truth."

Replying another question, Haqqani said it would be in the interest of Pakistan to give the United Nations monitoring team complete access to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and all entities associated with him.

"The very fact that Pakistan does not wish to do that and wants to hide Saeed from the rest of the world, while allowing him to appear on Pakistani national television and on the stage in political and public rallies basically makes the world more suspicious of the relationship between internationally designated terrorist Saeed and Pakistani establishment," Haqqani said. (ANI)