On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters."
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).
At a breakfast for reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani laid out why the U.S. and Pakistan need good relations -- even as public opinion in both countries continues to sour toward one another.
Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani pointed out that even if 1 percent of Pakistan's population favored terror groups, "that's 1.8 million people." Haqqani stressed Pakistan's need for social cohesion amid its fight against terrorism.
Imagine a United States with a GOP administration with "36 MSNBC's" or a Democratic one with "36 Fox News Channels," and you get a pretty good idea of the state of Pakistani politics, said Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
U.S. aid to Pakistan may not have significant short-term effects, argued Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, but eliminating or reducing aid unnecessarily stresses a relationship already near the breaking point -- and forestalls long-term benefits.