US-UK Collusion in Memogate Conspiracy

By: General Mirza Aslam Beg 

The Secret Memo was initiated in Washington, by Hussain Haqqani, the Pakistani Ambassador, who dictated the ‘text matter’ to Mansoor Ijaz, the American Businessman, and both flew to London on 10th May, where they met UK Chief of Staff, Sir David Richards and the Secretary Minister of Defence, obtained the seal of approval, and flew back to Washington, where the Memo was handed-over to General James Jones, the National Security advisor, who delivered it to Admiral Mike Mullen. The memo contained the ‘Hybrid Plan’ for Regime Change in Pakistan. In this sordid game of conspiracy, the very important link of New Delhi is missing, to complete the ‘Triangle of conspiracy.’


In order to implement the plan, the findings of the Abbottabad Commission, were to be manipulated, in the same manner as 9/11 enquiry commission promptly gave its findings, putting the blame on Osama and Al-Qaeda, who were punished by launching a full scale invasion of Afghanistan. Afghanistan was also punished for giving refuge to Osama and his followers and the punishment continues with no end, in sight. The Abbottabad Commission, therefore, was expected to blame the Army High Command and ISI for their failure to intercept the intruding Americans, who allegedly killed Osama on Pakistani soil. Thus, under the cover of the findings of the commission, it would have been easy to remove both, the Army Chief and the DGISI, who in any case are on extended terms of service. And then the new National Security Team would have taken-over and placed their ‘loyalists’ at all the important assignments, creating harmony between the civil and military leadership, which is now lacking. If the plan succeeded, it would support the New Af-Pak policy and would facilitate American and NATO troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, under a ‘Safe Exit’ guarantee.


A safe exit could be possible only, with the permission of the new government for the American troops to conduct sweeping operations in North Waziristan and dismantle Haqqani network and terrorist bases. America would then be able to talk to the Taliban from a position of strength and establish ‘loyalists governments’ in Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The conditions would then be conducive to gaining “legitimate access to Pakistan’s nuclear assets”, and handing over of the Pakistanis to India, blamed for the Mumbai terror attack, and “a policy shift in Pakistan’s relations with India”, that is, Pakistan to accept Indian hegemony in the region and shift the bulk of its forces from the eastern borders to the North Western borders with Afghanistan. Develop good neighbourly relations, trade and commerce, by granting the Most Favoured Nations Status, to India. The ‘Utopian Regime’, thus established, could find a person, no better than Hussain Haqqani, as the Prime Minister, to maintain best of relations between Pakistan, India and the United States.


In fact, the process of Regime Change in Pakistan was initiated in September 2011 with MQM splitting with the government and the opposition getting activated to form a grand alliance, for a political movement, but the government of Pakistan, moved-fast and pre-empted the move, striking hard at the MQM. This episode, I had described in my article, titled Pakistan’s Politics and Proxy War, saying that “Zardari has won, conspiracy for regime change has failed and MQM has been cut to size, badly beaten and bruised.” Thus, the first round was won by Zardari but the real trouble begins now with the blowing-up of the Washington-London Memogate conspiracy. The UK Chief of Staff Sir Richards arrived in Islamabad on 22nd Nov and met PM Gillani, to lobby for Hussain Haqqani, who is in the dock. Haqqani has rendered his resignation to the President, saying that Memogate scandal was “a conspiracy against Pakistan and demanded full investigation into the matter, to find the real culprits.”


The Imran Khan phenomenon is developing into “a third political force for a future political dispensation.” The apex court is determined to ensure implementation of its verdicts, which so far have been side-tracked, avoiding prosecution. The Armed Forces are maintaining their cool, ready to play their historic role, destiny has bestowed on them. An atmosphere of fear of the unknown prevails, as the conspiracy spirals, into an International Game.


The frustration of the Pakistanis is increasing under the pressure of bad governance and has turned into ‘a popular demand for change’, earlier than 2013. And the worst that could happen to the government, is the increasing distrust between the civil and military establishments, particularly after the revelations made by Mansoor Ijaz, about the Washington-London Memogate. A very sensitive issue indeed, to be handled carefully by the civil and military leadership. The sensitivity of the matter, relates mainly to the following issues:


·         There is no proof of involvement of President Zardari, in this game, except the statement by Mansoor Ijaz that, Haqqani had assured him ‘Zardari was on- board’, which may not be true. In this context, Mansoor Ijaz also warned of the consequences, if the plan was exposed, as in 1996, when Benazir Bhutto, a very good friend of Haqqani, was the Prime Minister, a similar plan was hatched, but got exposed and Benazir lost her government. The intriguing aspect is, ‘the linkage’ between the events of 1996 and 2011, by the same two operatives, i.e. Mansoor Ijaz and Hussain Haqqani.

·         That, there is a National Security Team, comprising civil, military personnel and technocrats, ready to take charge and “ensure harmony, in the new set-up” through replacements and adjustments. It is a dangerous conspiracy, as it divides the loyalties of important government functionaries and the politicians.

·         The intent and purpose of the change, through these means is, to grant big concessions to America and India, which would result into compromises on very important and critical national security interests of Pakistan. The conspiracy over-rides Pakistan’s sovereignty, as part of an international conspiracy against Pakistan, who has the right to approach the United Nation for action against the perpetrators of this crime.


These are the very hot issues which will be discussed and debated, in the coming months, heating-up the political atmosphere to a boiling point. At this juncture, it would be the responsibility of the Government, the Opposition and the Civil Society, the Courts of Law and the Armed Forces, to steer the movement in the right direction. Destiny beckons them, to be positive and pragmatic, to play their historic role.

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  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On January 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

    All this wild thinking of Asma and government’s stooges is reflective of the paranoia gripping the entire government machinary under the apprehension that the Haqqani, a spineless stooge seeing himself in the grip of a nut-cracker,may spill the beans. Thus the high treson may reach at top of the ladder, leaving no room for all the culprits to sescape.So these speculations are leaving the breathing space for the likes of Haqqani. However the apex court and the time would decide if these Machiavellian tactics can work or not,though chances are very slim.

  • kbajwa  On January 2, 2012 at 4:26 am

    The Gen. does not clarify as to the purpose of the leak of the entire plan. What did Mansoor get out of it.?
    An ex Officer

  • MAB  On January 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

    If there is US-UK collusion in Memo-gate then how the judges can dig out the riddles.

    The riddles are in US/UK where various acts took place. Judges can be denied access to vital information in US or UK.

    Bottom line is that having been US ally in this war it her moral responsibility to provide safe exit and help in building

    a stable Afghanistan. You cannot go back to the zero point. There has already been too much bloodshed.


  • Rashid Latif  On January 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Dear Yasmeen,

    Why my relative and friend, Aslam Beg, is trying to shield AZ, I do not know, but it is next to impossible that Husain Haqqani would hatch all that conspiracy without AZ’s blessings.

    Aslam’s story is an insult to common sense.

    I, however, cannot believe that HH would ever dream of sticking his neck out without AZ’s approval of the conspiracy.

    Whatever grouse one might have against HH, he is too shrewd a person to commit such a blunder and that too for what purpose.


  • khan saheb  On January 2, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Haqqani (and Rahman Malik) are two of the sleaziest people in the main camp.

    Lets look at it wearing a different lens and ask ourselves…..what all would HH be willing to do if he knew that he could made the next PM or at least the Foreign Minister ?


  • S U Turkman  On January 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Sure, sure, Zardari, Haqqani, Nawaz Sharif, Mr. Jinnah, everybody has been traitor of Pakistan because they are Traitors of Pak Military. Actually Pak Military is Pakistan.
    We do not need Democracy; we do not need Constitution, we do not need Civilian Government, we have proven by running Pakistan for 47 out of last 55 years that we can run Pakistan so Treason against us is same as Treason against Pakistan because only we are Pakistan. The Rest of people in Pakistan are Traitors and Trouble Makers that have to be dealt with or have to be slaughtered by our Taliban. Allaho Akbar …!
    Pak Military ZinDaabaaD …!.

  • Fauzia  On January 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    wild imaginations at its best

    Fauzia Wahab

  • Kausar Bajwa  On January 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I have not been able to find the reason in Gen. Beg’s article, as to why the plan fizzled out.


  • Zubair  On January 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    A fair analysis. That the conspiracy is serious there is no doubt. However, I doubt if it will shake Zardari Govt. At best, Haqqani will be the fall guy and those who plotted against the country will not only go scot free but will continue to flourish. Even if the Supreme courts gives its virdict against the Govt, the later won’t give two hoots to it as it is doing since long. THAT is the law of the land as we see it in our Islamic Republic. No traitor has ever been punished as he/she sould. At best, Allah finds ways to take them to task as He did with ZAB. If it was upto us, he would still be our supreme ruler as Zardari is unless somehow, a better man can “win” elections which as we all know not a game of popularity with the specis called “awam”.

  • TMH  On January 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Why Gen. Baig is trying to absolve AAZ and his partner in crime YRG, who is become very vocal about
    his authority and taking responsibility every action of the government? HH, can not take such a step without
    someone strong and authoritative, like AAZ and HH being a rat and coward. Why he was allowed to b e
    holed up first in President House and then in Prime Minister house? Also if HH was working alone why he
    handed over his black berry phone to AAZ?
    This conspiracy is much wider all those people are involved, this must be investigated with the fine
    toothed hair comb, and all those remotely involved must be punished, so that people know what
    happened to the traitors.

  • Rauf  On January 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    It is the same story of BB’s BB, which surfaced in Bilawal House after couple years, where
    as that should have been handed over to investigating agency. Same goes for HH’s BB.
    Why land up in AAZ’s palm ? One does not need to be rocket scientist to understand
    that, TMH.

  • TMH  On January 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm




  • Munir Varraich  On January 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    The General has been part of the power game of Pakistan. He should have more information on this issue. After all Ijaz Mansoor has claimed that he had dealt with BB as well.

    And if HH, a US citizen, is being given shelter in PMs house, for whatever reasons, there has to be more to this “Great Game”. It is interesting to note that the western media has moved on, conveniently ignoring all the hype about this “memogate” which has gripped Pakistani media.

    Surely Pakistan has a Grand Strategy just like any other nuclear power in the world. How does this “memogate” fits into this is known to the strategists in Pakistan, whether in uniform or in civis.

    Can General Mirza enlighten us on this, IF it is in the national interest of


    • S U Turkman  On January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Hussain Haqqani is a US Citizen?
      Were you there, when he took Oath of Allegiance to USA or you are the Immigration or FIA Officer, who saw his US Passport, sir?
      Lying is our Habit though we call ourselves Moslims, right?

      • Munir Varraich  On January 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

        Correction: HH, a US citizen, as publicised by Pakistani media.

        Your reaction to my comment on Gen Mirza article indicates that you did not read my comment.


  • MAB  On January 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    No it is stupid. If US or UK want to rattle Pakistan they don’t have to take the MEMO route.


  • Sohail  On January 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    In today’s world countries use covert methods to ‘rattle’ the target country. I don’t think it is stupid to suspect their hand in anything that harms us. In the past few years we have seen a lot of confusion among the people, created by disinformation and possibly, covert operations!

    Sent from my iPad

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On January 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    It all depends on individual perspective
    san jose,ca

    • MAB  On January 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Who is got rattled, civil or military set up.Why they should rattle the civil set up.


  • S U Turkman  On January 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Well, I guess, U.K. and USA has nothing else left to do but rattle Pak Army’s indirect rule of Pakistan.
    When just nuking whole Pakistan could solve her Taliban problem, why is USA going through pains of doing all this?

  • a m malik  On January 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Two things need a clarification:
    Why should MI blow it up when he was hands in glove with HH? His reasons to the Financial Times article do not gel.
    Was the making of Abbotabad commission announced pre 09 may 11 – that the plan for a regime change got plotted?
    And Mr Mohammad Chaudhry – I do agree with you about Asma Jahangir. I at times am taken aback that if such is the quality of those who can head the supreme court bar – then what would be the level of the others. But then comparing her with the cool and impressive Mr Aitzaza – one further is at a wonder that how did she make even to the bar? She contends that the higher judiciary is under the spell of the Army. She forgets the way the Chief Justice stood upto PM when asked to resign. She also forgets that nothing happened to her when he said that “all Generals are duffers” She also forgets the letter she wrote in Dawn a couple of years earlier almost challenging the then strong man PM. And in both cases nothing happened to her. Then why should she come up with this bogus reasons? She is well aware of the black holes in the case and in order to say later that “Did I not say so ….” she give the case up.

  • Rashid Latif  On January 4, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Dear Yasmeen,

    All of us know that the President and Prime Minister hardly ever have time to go through the nitty gritty; they only clear a policy. So if the memo has been initiated by HH, as Aslam Beg believes, then the clearance for the plan must have been given by AZ.

    For AZ to draft a memo to be presented to American Top Brass is almost an impossibility. He cannot even fully grasp the nuances of a memo drafted by HH, leave alone drafting one. His knowledge of English is pathetic.

    Knowing both AZ and HH very well and quite familiar with their past team work, I cannot believe that AZ could have ever let HH act entirely on his own. He must have considered the pros and cons of the plan and might have taken Salman Farooqi in to confidence before giving HH the ‘go ahead’.

    My opinion is not biased. I have absolutely no personal interest whether AZ or HH are sent to the gallows or HH becomes the PM (according to Aslam Beg) and AZ even becomes the life President of Pakistan (following PPP’s policy of life chairperson-ship).

    I am absolutely certain that if it is established that the memo was dictated by HH, then its gist must have been approved by AZ.


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