MABAD - The sudden and unexpected response of majority of the audience who perceived the US as Pakistans top 'enemy during a lecture, caught Pakistans Ambassador to the US with quite a 'surprise, it is learnt.
It happened on Wednesday when Ambassador Hussain Haqqani visited the reputed National Defence University (NDU) to deliver a lecture on Pak-US relations.
Sources privy to this lecture shared some interesting details of the event with this newspaper. According to them, during the questions and answers session in post lecture time, Ambassador Haqqani stopped to ask the audience, How many of you think that India is Pakistans enemy number one? Reportedly, less than half of the audience raised hands in response. The insiders quote Ambassador Haqqani as rephrasing this question with slight replacements. How many of you think that Pakistans enemy number one comes from within? This time, some of the audience raised hands.
Perhaps disappointed with these 'unsatisfactory answers, the 'curious envoy, made a hat-trick of his queries by repeating the same question in the same tone with a final 'modification. How many of you think that the US is Pakistans enemy number one? he asked.
The ambassador was shell-shocked to see the 'overwhelming response coming from the audiences in a reflection of anti-US sentiment.
Majority of the audiences, this time, raised hands in response to what Haqqani has asked. Stunned for a few moments, the speechless envoy than gathered his nerve to make this brief utterance. Then Im afraid you have lost already. The US will do whatever it wants to and theres nothing you can do about it, he said to wind up the lecture.