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Zardari stopped Waziristan operation: Wikileaks

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, stopped the Pakistan Army from conducting an operation in Waziristan, Wikileaks revealed.

In
a diplomatic cable sent to Washington on October 6, 2009 the then
ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson wrote about her meeting with
Army chief Kiyani. According to the cable, Kiyani informed her that
President Zardari had stopped the operation in Waziristan till spring
due to political reasons.

During their meeting, COAS informed the
US ambassador that he had met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and
opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar, but the
purpose of this meeting was not political. ISI chief,Lt-General Shuja
Pasha was also present during the meeting between the US ambassador and
COAS.

According to the cable, both Kiyani and Pasha opposed
certain aspects of the Kerry-Lugar bill stating that they were against
the Pakistan Army and would negatively impact Pak-US relations. On the
issue of back channel diplomacy with India, COAS said that the US
ambassador should speak with President Zardari. The cable also stated
that both Kiyani and Pasha wanted back channel diplomacy with Indian to
be successful.

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