Pak likely to replace Haqqani as Pak envoy to US

March 26th, 2011 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Doha, Mar 26(ANI): Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, is likely to be replaced after expiration of his tenure in May.

According to Gulf Times, Haqqani is blamed for issuing hundreds of visas to the likes of CIA contractor Raymond Davis without caring for the prescribed rules and regulations such as the vetting of applications by Pakistani security agencies.

Despite the settlement of the row over Davis, Pakistani security agencies are displeased with the way the Pakistani embassy in Washington issued visas to Americans during Haqqani’s tenure that led to the influx of hundreds of CIA linked people and defence contractors to Pakistan in the garb of diplomats.

“Haqqani is blamed for issuing over 400 visas to Americans in a single day in July last year after the then row between Islamabad and Washington over visa issuance was resolved upon the intervention of the presidency,” the newspaper quoted a diplomatic source, as saying.

“These visas were blocked earlier after complaints were received in Islamabad that a lot of dubious characters had applied for visas and were being obliged,” the source added.

Pakistani officials have not confirmed or denied the report.

Haqqani was appointed as the Pakistan Ambassador to the US by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in April 2008. (ANI)

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