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Envoy Haqqani opposes blacklisting of journalists

Pakistan's ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has protested against his government's policy to blacklist certain American journalists and NGOs, saying it would damage the country's image and could cost it severely.

world Updated: Sep 13, 2009 23:25 IST

Pakistan's ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has protested against his government's policy to blacklist certain American journalists and NGOs, saying it would damage the country's image and could cost it severely.

The ambassador wrote a letter to Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs — dated July 8 — in this regard as he believes it is not in the interest of the country to blacklist journalists or deny them visas, sources close to Haqqani told PTI. However, the Pakistani embassy here refused to comment on the letter.

It is understood that Haqqani decided to write to the ministry after presidents of two US news channels — CNN and NBC — sent protest letters to him following a dispute in Islamabad over their correspondents.

The ambassador warned that by doing so Pakistan risks inviting adverse reaction during decision-making process on both civilian and military aid to Islamabad.