Former journalist and human rights activist Sherry Rehman has been named as Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. Rehman will replace Husain Haqqani, who resigned amid accusations he was involved in an effort to engage the U.S. to curb the Army's powers in Pakistan. Haqqani allegedly sent an anonymous memo sent to Admiral Mike Mullen after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistani in May. The memo requested Washington’s help in diminishing the power of the Pakistani army. In recent days, a Pakistani-American businessman has said he was instructed to write the memo by Haqqani.
Ambassador Haqqani denied the allegations, and Admiral Mullen says he ignored the memo, but the the incident has struck a nerve with Pakistan's military leaders. Dr. Hassan Abbas, the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz fellow, explains why, and what Haqqani's resignation means.