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Why General Jehangir Karamat Falls From Grace?


General Jehangir Karamat, General Musharrafís former boss and Pakistanís envoy to Washington, is leaving his position without completing his usual three year ambassadorial tenure. General Mahmud Durrani is coming to Washington as his replacement.


According to news, General Jehangir Karamatís fall from grace with general Musharraf became evident when he did not go back to Islamabad to be part of official activities during President Bushís recent visit. As Pakistanís Ambassador to the United States, General Jehangir Karamat was supposed to be present in Islamabad to help through official briefings.


General Jehangir Karamat was at good terms with Musharraf that is why he appointed him ambassador to the United States and regardless of being senior to Musharraf he accepted this appointment.


Many people wonder what went wrong. Why General Jehangir Karamat is leaving his position prematurely without completing his tenure?


General Jehangir Karamat is an ineffective ambassador. His performance as ambassador is far inferior to his predecessor Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, a journalist turned diplomat. She is now serving as Pakistanís High Commissioner to England.


But is it General Jehangir Karamatís performance or something else which created differences between General Musharraf and General Jehangir Karamat?


Two years ago when General Jehangir Karamat took over as Ambassador, Pakistan Weekly editorialized his 20 million dollar kickback in tanks deal in Ukraine  story and asked the general to clear his name before taking over as ambassador. One of the Washington based journalists asked General Jehangir Karamat about the Pakistan Weekly editorial and 20 million dollars kickback story.


General Jehangir Karamat confided in Washington based journalist that General Musharraf had made up this story to create wedge between the then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and him to get him fired.


Pakistan Weekly Editor-in-Chief broke this story to Mian Shahbaz Sharif at the eve of arrival of Mian Nawaz Sharif in England in a large gathering with many journalists and Pakistan Government informers present over there.


Before this news reached to General Musharraf, he was already getting disillusioned with General Jehagir Karamatís performance and the pro democracy statements he was making in different gatherings. General Musharraf had the worst tour of his career to the United States last year while General Jehangir Karamat was ambassador in Washington. The news broken by Pakistan Weeklyís Editor-in-Chief about the charges General Jehangir Karamat made against General Musharraf in a private discourse causes him lose his job as ambassador.


What happened to General Jehangir Karamat as COAS or as Ambassador of Pakistan to Washington is a different story. The real question is: is Pakistan going to benefit from another generalís appointment as ambassador to Washington?


We doubt Pakistan will benefit from General Mahmud Durraniís appointment as ambassador. Be it US-Pakistan relations or internal situation, with these generals at the helm of affairs, Pakistan will continue sliding down hill.





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