Politics can be a dangerous business in Pakistan.
As the “memogate” controversy shows no signs of abating, a group of American and Canadian Muslims joined the push for U.S. government intervention on behalf of Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. In a January 12th letter to Secretary of State Clinton, the group called upon the Secretary and the Obama administration to “let Pakistan’s military chief General Kayani and ISI boss General Pasha know that they will be held responsible for any harm that comes to Ambassador Haqqani.”
Penned by the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC), the letter was joined by several prominent moderate and reform-minded Muslims, including signatories M. Zuhdi Jasser, Tarek Fatah, Raquel Evita Saraswati, and Mona Eltahawy. The letter speaks in glowing terms of Haqqani, saying:
As North American Muslim leaders, we highly regard Ambassador Haqqani as not only the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., but also because he has always represented moderate Islamic values and has been vocal in his opposition to radical elements in Islam. He is a source of pride for moderate Muslims in North America. During his stay in the United States, Ambassador Haqqani was an effective, intelligent and articulate refutation of all the negative stereotypes of Muslims created by the Islamist leadership inside America.