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US think- tank paid $100,000 to Haqqani for writing book criticizing Pak army.

Islamabad, Dec 18(ANI): An American think tank, Smith Richardson Foundation, has claimed to have paid 100,000 dollars to former Pakistan Ambassador Husain Haqqani to write a book, which criticizes the Pakistan army and the military-mosque alliance.

Haqqani's book titled 'Pakistan between Mosque and Military' was released in 2005.

The organization also claimed that it paid 175,000 dollars to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for devising a new US policy towards Pakistan in 2004 with the help of Haqqani, The News reports.

Haqqani was tasked drafting a blueprint for a US policy to encourage Pakistan to adopt a more moderate and democratic political system.

According to the website of Smith Richardson Foundation, it paid 100,000 dollars as grant to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for the 'Mosque-Military Alliance in Pakistan and Implications for US Policy' project.

"Husain Haqqani will research and write a book on the relationship between Pakistan's military and the country's radical Islamic forces and assess the implications of that relationship for US security," the organization's statement said, referring to the purpose of the grant.

Haqqani's book says in concluding paragraphs: "Washington must not ignore Pakistan's state sponsorship of Islamist militants, its pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles at the expense of education and healthcare, and its refusal to democratize; each of these issues is directly linked to the future of Islamist radicalism.

Haqqani was unavailable for comment.

Smith Richardson Foundation's objective is to contribute to important public debates and help address serious public policy challenges confronting the United States.

It also seeks to aid the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance US interests and values abroad. (ANI)

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