Zardari was ready to hand over 26/11 culprits to India: Secret memo

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  1. Blackwater

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    WASHINGTON: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was so scared of a military coup after Osama bin Laden's death that he was ready to create a "new security team" favourable to Americans and promised the US to hand over Pak-based 26/11 perpetrators including those from its intelligence agency to India.

    The promises were part of a secret memo to the then Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen.

    The secret memo from Zardari, was apparently handed over to Mullen by Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman, in May this year in the aftermath of the May 2 killing of bin Laden in a safe house in Abbottabad.

    The information about this secret memo was first leaked by Ijaz himself in an op-ed in the Financial Times last month.

    According to this memo, Zardari, leading a civilian government wanted to create a new national security structure.

    Ijaz has claimed that this memo was drafted by the Pak Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, who has denied these allegations, but has tendered his resignation to Zardari over the same.

    Capt John Kirby, who was Mullen's spokesman, told Pentagon reporters yesterday in a statement.

    "Neither the contents of the memo nor the proof of its existence altered or affected in any way the manner in which Adm Mullen conducted himself in his relationship with Gen Kayani and the Pakistani government," he said.

    "He (Mullen) did not find the memo at all credible and took no note of it then or later. Therefore, he addressed it with no one," Kirby said.

    The content and a copy of the said sacred memo was posted by The Foreign Policy's blog Cable late last night.

    The memo further said, "Request your direct intervention in conveying a strong, urgent and direct message to gen Kayani that delivers Washington's demand for him and Gen Pasha to end their brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian apparatus - that this is a 1971 moment in Pakistan's history."

    "Should you be willing to do so, Washington's political/military backing would result in revamp of the civilian government that, while we weak at the top echelon in terms of strategic direction and implementation (even though mandated by domestic political forces), in a whole sale manner replaces the national security adviser and other national security officials with trusted advisors that include ex-military and civilian leaders favorably viewed by Washington, each of whom have long and historical ties to the US military, political and intelligence communities.

    "Names will be provided to you in a face-to-face meeting with the person delivering this message," it said.

    Zardari was ready to hand over 26/11 culprits to India: Secret memo - The Times of India
     
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  3. SHASH2K2

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    Hehe . no one found it credible. why sould we give credibility to this news. Its baseless and can never happen.
     
  4. Ray

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    He was till the Pak Army intervened!

    In fact, he stated that Pakistan was sending the ISI Chief and the next day, he had to back down!
     
  5. Eiffe

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    Guys this new civilian security structure in pakistan would not suit India's interest. It is on our favor that the army keeps ruling pakistan. this will never let them behave as a sane nation.

    however i dont understand how giving 26/11 terrorists to india, will save the pakistani govt.
     
  6. Bangalorean

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    Actually, personally I believe it. Remember the immediate reaction of Zardari and Groper Gilli when MMS asked them to send Shuja Pasha (ISI head) to India? They agreed! Immediately! They were made to back down by Kiyani later.

    It is probably true that Groper Gilli and Dus Percenti would have been willing for give and take w.r.t. matters like 26/11 terrorists. But Kiyanahi and the other jernails of Pakisatan will never allow such things to happen.
     
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    The original article that is being referred to in this article is the Financial Times article by Masoor Ijaz

    Time to take on Pakistan's jihadist spies

    By Mansoor Ijaz

    Early on May 9, a week after US Special Forces stormed the hideout of Osama bin Laden and killed him, a senior Pakistani diplomat telephoned me with an urgent request. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, needed to communicate a message to White House national security officials that would bypass Pakistan’s military and intelligence channels. The embarrassment of bin Laden being found on Pakistani soil had humiliated Mr Zardari’s weak civilian government to such an extent that the president feared a military takeover was imminent. He needed an American fist on his army chief’s desk to end any misguided notions of a coup – and fast.

    Gen Ashfaq Kayani, the army chief, and his troops were demoralised by the embarrassing ease with which US special forces had violated Pakistani sovereignty. Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s feared spy service, was charged by virtually the entire international community with complicity in hiding bin Laden for almost six years. Both camps were looking for a scapegoat; Mr Zardari was their most convenient target.

    The diplomat made clear that the civilian government’s preferred channel to receive Mr Zardari’s message was Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff. He was a time-tested friend of Pakistan and could convey the necessary message with force not only to President Barack Obama, but also to Gen Kayani.

    In a flurry of phone calls and emails over two days a memorandum was crafted that included a critical offer from the Pakistani president to the Obama administration: “The new national security team will eliminate Section S of the ISI charged with maintaining relations to the Taliban, Haqqani network, etc. This will dramatically improve relations with Afghanistan.”

    The memo was delivered to Admiral Mullen at 14.00 hours on May 10. A meeting between him and Pakistani national security officials took place the next day at the White House. Pakistan’s military and intelligence chiefs, it seems, neither heeded the warning, nor acted on the admiral’s advice.

    On September 22, in his farewell testimony to the Senate armed services committee, Admiral Mullen said he had “credible intelligence” that a bombing on September 11 that wounded 77 US and Nato troops and an attack on the US embassy in Kabul on September 13 were done “with ISI support.”Essentially he was indicting Pakistan’s intelligence services for carrying out a covert war against the US – perhaps in retaliation for the raid on bin Laden’s compound, perhaps out of strategic national interest to put Taliban forces back in power in Afghanistan so that Pakistan would once again have the “strategic depth” its paranoid security policies against India always envisioned.

    Questions about the ISI’s role in Pakistan have intensified in recent months. The finger of responsibility in many otherwise inexplicable attacks has often pointed to a shadowy outfit of ISI dubbed “S-Wing”, which is said to be dedicated to promoting the dubious agenda of a narrow group of nationalists who believe only they can protect Pakistan’s territorial integrity.

    The time has come for the state department to declare the S-Wing a sponsor of terrorism under the designation of “foreign governmental organisations”. Plans by the Obama administration to blacklist the Haqqani network are toothless and will have no material impact on the group’s military support and intelligence logistics; it is S-Wing that allegedly provides all of this in the first place. It no longer matters whether ISI is wilfully blind, complicit or incompetent in the attacks its S-Wing is carrying out. S-Wing must be stopped.

    ISI embodies the scourge of radicalism that has become a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. The time has come for America to take the lead in shutting down the political and financial support that sustains an organ of the Pakistani state that undermines global antiterrorism efforts at every turn. Measures such as stopping aid to Pakistan, as a bill now moving through Congress aims to do, are not the solution. More precise policies are needed to remove the cancer that ISI and its rogue wings have become on the Pakistani state.

    Pakistanis are not America’s enemies. Neither is their incompetent and toothless civilian government – the one Admiral Mullen was asked to help that May morning. The enemy is a state organ that breeds hatred among Pakistan’s Islamist masses and then uses their thirst for jihad against Pakistan’s neighbours and allies to sate its hunger for power. Taking steps to reduce its influence over Pakistan’s state affairs is a critical measure of the world’s willingness to stop the terror masters at their very roots.
     
  8. Bhadra

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    Forget about what USA needs to do.

    Tell us what Indians and Pakistanis can do? Of course other than killing each other !
     
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    Well it's pretty much out in the open now. Memogate is in full effect, Mike Mullen has backtracked and admitted that he received the memo. Ambassador Haqqani is pretty much screwed, which sucks because if you look at it he was the only guy who was genuinely trying to fix the disaster that is Pakistan. Here's the text of the memo. I honestly think that if this scenario had actually gone through everyone would be better off.
     
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    this is what najam sethi is pointing to.

    memo it seems was a fabrication and an attempt to entrap haqqani, the pakistani ambassador to US. a part of a larger conspiracy hatched by the PA to oust haqqani. memo never came from zardari or haqqani. mansoor ijaz was hand in glove with the PA right from the beginning.

    the interesting thing is, the other day imran khan was suggesting that he will take complete control of PA and ISI if he gets to be the PM, he better be very wary of these chaps who can cook up things and pass on things as if someone else was the brain behind.
     
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    Imran's claims of taking control of the ISI and the PA are delusional, much like the rest of his campaign. Any politician who goes up against someone with a gun, is bound to lose.
     
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    I for one fear another coup is not far away. we have to make sure how we respond to that.
     
  15. communismforindia

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    Dont try to make India look guilty... Indians are already on work... although there is no official decalration due to obvious reasons...
    India has taken thousand of steps to promote goodwill although none of them were reciprocated by pakistanis... for example just google search how many pakistani singers/actors/acteress are in India, search how many comedians are there, how many bands, intellectuals are there.... and then just try to search how many Indian artists are there in pakistaN... I am sure you will hardly find any...
     
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    Is the memo believable? - Babar Sattar ... The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad.
     
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    Zardari’s Secret Memo: Mansoor Ijaz Releases Transcript of Emails, BBM Messages « NADEEM MALIK ندیم ملک
     
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    All that is good (and bad) in Memogate – The Express Tribune Blog
     
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    The above three posts are from the land of Happenings!
     

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