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New WikiLeaks cables have revealed that the ISI had asked Saudi Arabia to stop funding Nawaz Sharif’s campaign in the last elections.

Former ISI chief Nadeem Taj told the Saudi Ambassador in a meeting that the aid violated Pakistan’s agreement with the Saudis on Nawaz’s return from exile.

The cable, which was filed by former ambassador Anne Patterson, reads:

Aziz expressed great concern to Ambassador about a possible PPP-Nawaz alliance. Aziz claimed the Saudis were heavily funding Sharif’s 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 GOP’s agreement with the Saudis on Nawaz’s return from exile. Aziz observed that if the PML-N and the PPP formed a government, “What options would Musharraf have?”
Former National Security Advisor and Musharraf’s trusted aide Tariq Aziz also expressed great concern to the American Ambassador in this regard.

He told the American envoy that the Saudis were heavily funding Sharif’s campaign to ensure PPP’s 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
 

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A new WikiLeaks cable reveals that JUI-F leader Maulana Fazalur Rehman indicated to the US that his “still significant” number of votes were “up for sale” even if his party’s voter support drops in 2007.

A cable filed by former ambassador Anne Patterson contains details of a meeting between JUI-F leaders Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Senator Talha Mahmood, Senator Aza Swati and Malik Sikander Khan and US diplomats, in which she comments:

Fazlur enjoys being courted by both Musharraf and Bhutto and sees himself increasingly in the lucrative position of being kingmaker, if not the next Prime Minister, because of JUI-F’s voter strength in what may be a three-way vote tie among Pakistan’s major parties. Even if JUI-F’s voter support drops, he has made it clear that, free and fair elections notwithstanding, his still significant number of votes are up for sale.
In the cable, Patterson also notes that “Haideri said that all important parties in Pakistan had to get the approval of the USG.”

She acknowledges that JUI-F wanted to be a major party and wanted to be “more engaged with the US”. Patterson wrote:

At one point in the conversation, Rehman asked the Ambassador if the USG would deal with him if he was elected as Prime Minister and cautioned the USG not to put all of its eggs in the basket of Benazir Bhutto. Ambassador noted that it was not USG policy to crown any particular leader in Pakistan….Rehman indicated his desire to travel to the U.S. and suggested he could lobby the Congress and American think tanks “as well as Benazir Bhutto.”
Cable Referenced: WikiLeaks no. 131658
 

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General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani “learned the lesson of Musharraf” and is manipulating the Pakistani government and parliament from behind the scenes, said Jasmine Zerinini, head of the Government of France’s (GOF) interagency Afghanistan-Pakistan cell, according to a recently released WikiLeaks cable.

The WikiLeaks cable (reference no. numbered 245018), which was released on January 22, 2010, revealed that Kayani had learned a lesson from former President Perver Musharraf and was staying behind the scenes. The cable says Kayani wanted to prevent change on Pakistan’s policy towards Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border as he wanted to “stir up controversy regarding the Kerry-Lugar bill that ties continued US aid to increased civilian control of the military.”

Zerinini said that more cooperation from donors, especially from the United States, was needed to strengthen the civilian control over the military.

… the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, while imperfect, was designed to transform Pakistan’s political elite and give them more leverage over the military. However… it is not being utilized.
Another recently released Wikileaks cable (reference no. 172986) dated August 10, 2008, revealed that Kayani used “regular promotion and transfer season” to increase his control over military operations by appointing men loyal to him.

Cable Referenced: WikiLeaks no. 245018
 

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The government of Pakistan had complained to the United States that the military was not informing the government of direct US funding to the country’s armed forces and had requested the US inform them of funds being directed towards the military, revealed a recently released WikiLeaks cable.

The cable, sent by former US ambassador Anne Patterson on June 11, 2009 from Islamabad (reference no. 233602), reveals that former finance minister Shaukat Tarin had told the ambassador that Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani was not passing on information of direct US funding to the finance ministry and asked the ambassador to keep him informed of the funding as the finance ministry required the information for budgeting purposes. He assured Patterson that the government would not reduce funding to the military once it had the information.

The former finance minister offered to open an account for the military if Kayani worked with the finance ministry to “streamline and rationalize PakMil budget planning.”

Tarin said he is willing to open a hard currency account for the military if Kayani agrees to this approach; the account will be an incentive, Tarin said, as many of the military’s purchases require dollars in any case. The Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund (PCCF) would remain separate, Tarin said.
The US ambassador informed Tarin that the military was receiving equipment and not cash under the Foreign Military Finance (FMF) program.
In a separate cable, dated March 24, 2008 (reference no. 146991), the US embassy in Islamabad revealed growing concern inside the military about the “long-term viability of Coalition Support Fund (CSF)”. It also states the military was aware of the possibility of the civilian government trying to “divert CSF fund for non-military purposes”.

During recent high level exchanges senior Pakistani military officials expressed concern about the future of CSF, arguing that it would not be possible to sustain the current force levels and operational tempo in the FATA without it. Post received a record CSF claim for December of $155 million which projects to an annual rate of $1.8 billion, a level which would exceed the legislative authority. The January 2008 claim exceeded $200 million.
Cable Referenced: WikiLeaks no. 233602, 146991
 

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Zardari complained that Faheem was a poor administrator who lacked the skills needed to run the government.
and is this Axx Hxxx, dirty animal an all rounder in administration?

He cannot look beyond his own pocket and bank accounts and his commercial empire, he cannot even administer his own toilet let alone running a country.
 

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Saudi does not fund nawaz campaign but many Pakistan business men in KSA as well many Saudis of Pakistani origin do.
Nawaz enjoys very high good will in KSA and I know a lot of big name saudis who have funded his political campaigns mainly to advnace their own business goals
 

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