WikiLeaks disclosures would not harm bilateral ties: US, Pak

Last Updated: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 00:34

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,"
Babar said.

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.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 00:34

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