Pakistan a democracy in name, not in reality: Former Pak ambassador to US

Hussain Haqqani criticised the present Pakistan government for failing to preserve the rights of citizens.

Former Pak ambassador to US on issues in Pakistan

Members who took part in the conference held in Washington including Hussain Haqqani. (Photo: ANI/Twitter

Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani on Monday (December 18 expressed grave concern over increasing authoritarian approach of the country’s government and expansion of military control over public policy.

Haqqani, while addressing a conference titled Democracy, Human Rights and Ending Terrorism’, said, Pakistan is only a democracy in name, not in reality.

He highlighted several issues in the country including growing threat to minority communities and deteriorating human rights situation, claiming that the newly-elected government has failed to preserve civil rights.

Earlier this year, former Pakistan cricketer and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (, Imran Khan, became the 22nd Prime Minister of the country.

Haqqani also spoke about increased threat to Sindhi and Balochi groups living in Pakistan, claiming that they are heavily oppressed.

Their (Balochi and Sindhi groups culture and languages are being eliminated in the name of creating a uniform country. Countries do not become strong by eliminating diversity they become strong by embracing it, he said.

A host of issues were discussed during the conference organised by South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights (SAATH forum. One such issue revolved around kidnapping and killing of journalists in different parts of the world and Pakistan.

All members who took part in the conference demanded strict action against extremist outfits such as Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP and Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

Meanwhile, Haqqani said the people of Pakistan are paying a huge price for sheltering terrorists.

Memories of Peshawar attacks still haunt Pakistanis today, he said. Attack on a Peshawar school in 2014 had claimed the life of over 150 young students; more than 100 were injured in the attack as well.

We want a country where children can safely go to school rather than becoming targets of terrorists, many of whom were cultivated by Pakistan itself, he said.

(With inputs from ANI