Monday, September 12, 2011

Zardari wanted to keep 17th Amendment for saving NRO : US Cable

President Asif Ali Zardari wanted to keep the infamous Seventeenth (17th) Amendment intact for saving NRO, that ensured the safety of his personal assets built by corruption, revealed WikiLeaks.

In a secret cable of 21st March, 2009, the US Ambassador Anne Patterson wrote to Washington the details of her meeting with President Zardari held on 18th March.

Anne Patterson told Washington that President Zardari told that he was not interested in repealing the Seventeenth Amendment despite pressure from PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s announcement of nullifying the Amendment on public demand.

The cable also revealed that the President also signaled that he would try to limit the powers of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, because it is the only way to safe guard his (Zardari's) personal assets.

President Zardari complained the US Ambassador that the US and UK governments did not support him properly in the crises time.

Anne Patterson further wrote that she was not hopeful that President Zardari would implement the announcements made by Prime Minister Gilani on public demand.

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