WikiLeaks disclosures would not harm bilateral ties: US, Pak
Islamabad: Pakistan and the US on Thursday
contended that the embarrassing and damaging disclosures about
their relations in secret diplomatic cables released by
WikiLeaks had been taken "out of context" and would not be
allowed to cast a shadow on bilateral relations.
The revelations made by the whistle-blowing website
figured when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned
President Asif Ali Zardari tonight, presidential spokesman
Farhatullah Babar said.
The two leaders talked about "bilateral matters with
reference to the recent publication of so-called memos and
official correspondence" by WikiLeaks.
"The two leaders agreed that the WikiLeaks
publications were not only unauthorized but also out of
context and were based on raw information that did not reflect
the correct nature of the purported official correspondence,"
They also agreed that the "so-called leaks will not
be allowed to cast a shadow on the strategic partnership
between the two countries."
Babar said the "so-called leaks of official memos are
already a thing of the past and the President looks forward to
the future and the promise it holds."
Hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables released by
WikiLeaks since the weekend have revealed the
behind-the-scenes role played by the US in influencing
Pakistan`s foreign policy and domestic politics.
The cables have also revealed bickering and strained
relations between Pakistan`s civilian and military leaders.
The cables also highlighted the concerns of US and
Western diplomats that materials could from Pakistan’s nuclear
programme could fall into the hands of extremists.
Pakistan`s Foreign Office has sought to play down the
disclosures, saying they would affect relations with the US
and other countries.
However, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said
the leak of classified US documents itself was a "big issue"
and the nations concerned should evolve a foolproof security
mechanism for such communications.
He also pointed out that Pakistani classified
information had not been leaked.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Indian Army conducts surgical strikes across LoC: Watch DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's PC
- Indian Army targets terror camps across LoC; Pak PM Sharif condemns
- 7 terror camps destroyed by Indian Army in surgical strikes
- Indian Army surgical strike: Pak rejects claim, says 2 soldiers killed
- BSF cancels beating the retreat ceremony at Wagah post surgical strikes
- SETBACK! Sedition case against 200 Congress workers for shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans during rally for Uri martyrs
- What is surgical strike and how it is conducted - MUST KNOW for every Indian
- SALUTE! Brave Indian army commandos give befitting reply to Pak-sponsored terrorists
- Surgical strikes across LoC in Pakistan were filmed, videos kept as proof
- US NSA Susan Rice calls Ajit Doval, says 'expect Pakistan to take action against terror’