New WikiLeaks cables have revealed that the ISI had asked Saudi Arabia to stop funding Nawaz Sharifs campaign in the last elections.
Former ISI chief Nadeem Taj told the Saudi Ambassador in a meeting that the aid violated Pakistans agreement with the Saudis on Nawazs return from exile.
The cable, which was filed by former ambassador Anne Patterson, reads:
Former National Security Advisor and Musharrafs trusted aide Tariq Aziz also expressed great concern to the American Ambassador in this regard.Aziz expressed great concern to Ambassador about a possible PPP-Nawaz alliance. Aziz claimed the Saudis were heavily funding Sharifs campaign to ensure a PPP defeat and hedge their bets against Musharraf. Taj called the Saudi Ambassador and requested this stop, saying it violated the GOPs agreement with the Saudis on Nawazs return from exile. Aziz observed that if the PML-N and the PPP formed a government, What options would Musharraf have?
He told the American envoy that the Saudis were heavily funding Sharifs campaign to ensure PPPs defeat and hedge their bets against Musharraf.
The cable has also revealed that President Zardari had raised the idea of becoming Prime Minister with Tariq Aziz after the 2008 polls. But Aziz supported Amin Faheem.
Zardari complained that Faheem was a poor administrator who lacked the skills needed to run the government.
Cable Referenced: WikiLeaks no. 141804