KARACHI: According to whistleblower Wikileaks, a cable of the US Ambassador dated January 28, 2008 stated that Asif Ali Zardari described the US as “our safety blanket”. He recounted how Benazir Bhutto had returned despite the threats against her because of support and clearance from the US.
Zardari acknowledged that he had believed that the closer he got to General Kayani, the more Kayani would be weakened.
Wikileaks spilled the beans from one of the statements made by Khyber Pakthunkhwa Chief Minister, Amir Haider Khan Hoti. US Counsel Principal Officer in Peshawar Tracy’s cable dated April 30, 2009 sent to Washington said that Amir Haider Khan Hoti has appreciated the drone attacks, but he (Hoti) also said that he could never support it in public.
Lahore US Counsel Principal Officer Brian Hunt said that former Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer flayed Shahbaz Sharif’s government. In a cable dated December 31, 2008, Brian Hunt wrote that Salman Taseer was of the view that Shahbaz Sharif’s government was highly heart burning. “Shahbaz Sharif is hard working, but just like my gardener. Brian Hunt in a memo dated February 7, 2009 wrote that Salman Taseer had nothing to do with the lawyers’ long march and he was getting ready to celebrate Basant and would see whether the people give importance to the long march or choose to party for Basant.
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