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In his new book ‘Re-imagining Pakistan’, Husain Haqqani rightly points out that the blame for what ails the country is rarely put on Pakistanis themselves. "After all, Pakistan was the creation of one clever man, Jinnah; the difference between a slick political trick and a mass movement was apparent in the contrast between Karachi and New Delhi." "Pakistan is not a nation and hardly a state. It has no justification in history, ethnic origin, language, civilisation, or the consciousness of those who make up its population. They have no interest in common, save one: fear of Hindu domination." These observations were made less than a decade apart – in August 1947 and 1956 – and the irony is that both were made by Americans, a country that has had a contradictory and continuing relationship with Pakistan, and which continually features in the new book, 'Re-imagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State' by Husain...
In the end, Pakistan would still need a new basis for its nationalism that is based on reality rather than engineered narratives of history, writes Husain Haqqani in his new book.
Haqqani, accused in the Memogate case, said the international arrest warrant against him was an antic by Pakistani courts for local TV news coverage.
This edition of ‘Off The Cuff’ saw ‘Former Pakistan Diplomat, Husain Haqqani’ in conversation with ThePrint Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Shekhar Gupta. India and Pakistan must first become friends before they can try and solve their prickly disputes, Haqqani said in conversation with Shekhar Gupta. Haqqani also appreciated India’s foreign relations under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his efforts can bring about a vision for the stewardship of the region without China being the only dominant power. The event was held in Mumbai on 19 January 2018. Off The Cuff with Husain Haqqani From left: Former Pakistan Diplomat, Husain Haqqani; Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, ThePrint Off The Cuff with Husain Haqqani From left: Husain Haqqani; Shekhar Gupta; Yatin Shah,co-founder & executive director, IIFL Wealth Management Off The Cuff with Husain Haqqani Kailash Surendranath,Indian filmmaker (left) Off The Cuff with Husain Haqqani From left: Rupa Subramanya, economist; Sonia Sethi, member secretary, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran; Shekhar Gupta Off The Cuff with Husain Haqqani Second from left: Ayaz Memon, sports...