Haqqani says research funding normal
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has issued a rejoinder to identical stories in a numbers of newspapers that cite the US-based Smith Richardson Foundation’s research grant for the writing of his 2005 best-selling book ‘Pakistan Between Mosque and Military’.
Haqqani said that this was a crass example of exploiting sentiments in Pakistan where people have been fed a steady diet of conspiracy theories.
“In the academic world it is normal for foundations to provide financial support to research institutions such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where I conducted my research and which published my book,” Haqqani said.
“Instead of sensationalising the fact that a foundation paid $100,000 for research and publication of the book, the media should encourage other Pakistanis to undertake research and publication of books reflecting their own point of view,” the former envoy said.
Haqqani said that even if many people disagree with some views expressed in a book, it is more important and scholarly to write and publish than to remain limited to orchestrating hate campaigns against those who have made the effort to research and write. pr