His Excellency Ambassador Husain Haqqani speaks to the World Affairs Council of Washington about recent events in his country including the impact of the recent election of President Asif Zadari, U.S. Pakistan relations, efforts to confront the Taliban and more.
Husain Haqqani is Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States in Washington, DC. A trusted advisor of late Pakistani Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Ambassador Haqqani is known as a Professor at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Thought' published from Washington DC.
Haqqani came to the U.S. in 2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and an adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers. His syndicated column is published in several newspapers in South Asia and the Middle East, including Oman Tribune, Jang, The Indian Express, Gulf News and The Nation (Pakistan).
Ambasador Husain Haqqani explains that during the beginning of the War on Terror a lot of Pakistanis were unclear about the objectives of the war. "You can’t win a war unless the people are clear about what they are fighting for," says Haqqani.
He explains that Pakistanis now understand terrorism is a serious threat and that only a minority of the population are hardliners and sympathetic to extremist groups.