The Army on Wednesday said former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani’s recent op-d re regarding the issuance of diplomatic visas "vindicate [the] stance of Pakistan's state institutions".

Pakistan's politics were thrown into crisis on October 10, 2011, when businessman Mansoor Ijaz wrote in the Financial Times that Haqqani had asked that a memo be delivered to the Pentagon with a plea for US help to stave off a feared military coup. This followed the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May.

Haqqani denied involvement but resigned over the controversy.

In his article for Washington Post, Haqqani said that the ties he forged with the then US President Barack Obama helped the US track down and kill former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

“I had an advantage most ambassadors did not: I’d lived most of the Musharraf years in exile in Washington and had established close ties with members of Congress and others influential in policy-making,” said Haqqani.

A recently leaked document revealed the then PPP government had authorised Haqqani to issue visas to any American recommended by the US Department of State, with completed applications clearly indicating their purpose of visit to Pakistan.

The claim put the PPP in jeopardy, with criticism coming from media and masses regarding the then government compromising Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gillani said he had empowered Haqqani to issue visas to American citizens in order to speed up the travel process. “He (Haqqani) did not have the authority to issue visas to American security forces,” said Gillani.