PM had sleepless nights post 26/11: WikiLeaks

Fresh threats from Pak of similar strikes, post 26/11 were troubling PM Manmohan Singh.

Updated: May 22, 2011, 00:13 AM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had
told US diplomats that he was having sleepless nights after
26/11 Mumbai terror attacks with fresh threats from Pakistan
of similar strikes, latest WikiLeaks cables have revealed.

WikiLeaks cables, accessed by a news channel, reveal
Singh telling US Under-Secretary Nicholas Burns in June 2009
that he was having sleepless nights.

"If he, as PM, was talking peace while Pakistan territory
was being used to plan terror attacks against India then he
said he will be looking ridiculous in front of the Indian
people," a WikiLeaks cable states.

Burns quotes Singh here as having told him during his
visit to India.

Singh further informs Burns that he knew there are fresh
threats and he "can`t sleep well at night".

In another WikiLeaks cable dated August 11, 2009, then
Indian National Security Advisor MK Narayanan tells US
Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer that he has differences
with Prime Minister Singh on how to deal with Pakistan.

"The Prime Minister is a great believer in talks with
Islamabad while he himself is not a great believer in Pakistan
and is not enamoured by it," Roemer states.

Narayanan told Roemer that he also did not agree with
Singh`s belief in India having a "shared destiny" with
Pakistan.

"I told the Prime Minister that you may be thinking of a
shared destiny but I do not think so," Narayanan told Roemer.

The WikiLeaks cables also refer to Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari`s views about Prime Minister Singh. These
views were expressed to US NSA James Jones on June 30, 2009 in
Islamabad.

"Singh is an excellent economist but I am not convinced
that he understand my constraints," Zardari told Jones, in an
apparent acceptance of how the Pakistan army held sway over
the administration.

"Singh is unaware of what it took to change the mindset
of the Pakistan establishment and how difficult it is to do
so," Zardari said.

Jones reminds Zardari to ensure that no repeat of
Mumbai-style terror attack should take place in India.

PTI