Sunday, June 12, 2011

Zardari promised to become Musharraf's body guard : US Cable

Asif Ali Zardari had promised to the Army to safe guard former President Pervaiz Musharraf for getting himself elected as President, said a US Embassy cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

The secret US Embassy cable sent to Washington on August 27, 2008 highlights how PPP was involved in political scheming to get Zardari elected on President’s post.

PPP deputy secretary general Sheikh Mansoor in a meeting with US Charge d’Affairs Jerry Feierstein on August 27, 2008 admitted that his party leadership,would work on getting immunity for former President Pervaiz Musharraf once its Co-Chairperson Asif Zardari was elected Pakistan’s President on September 6.

Mansoor recognized that Zardari would have to make good on his promise to the Army to safe guard former President Pervaiz Musharraf and to grant him constitutional immunity, but said such a bill would be presented to the National Assembly only after Zardari became President.

Lastly, Mansoor claimed that protecting Musharraf will not be possible without implementing PPP's minus-one formula, i.e. reinstatement of deposed judges except former Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. 

However, Feierstein finally mentioned that Zardari doesn't have any credibility, therefore he can not be trusted.

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