Islamabad: Pakistan`s powerful military
chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is "manipulating" the
government and parliament to prevent them from changing their
policy on restive Pak-Afghan border, a top French official
According to a secret US diplomatic cable dated
dated January 22, 2010 disclosed by whistle-blower website
WikiLeaks and published in Dawn newspaper, head of the
French government`s inter-agency Afghanistan-Pakistan cell
Jasmine Zernini told American officials that General
Kayani had "learned the lesson of Musharraf" and was staying
behind the scenes.
But, she felt he was manipulating the government and
parliament, including to prevent change on Pakistan`s policy
towards....FATA along the Afghan border, and also to stir up
controversy regarding the Kerry-Lugar bill."
In the same cable, Mariot Leslie, the Director
General, Defence and Intelligence of the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office of the British government expressed
satisfaction that China had "dumped" Pakistan in the
Conference on Disarmament which in her opinion was a "good
The dismissive attitude towards Pakistan is, however,
not limited to Western governments.
In another cable dated December 21, 2009, Egyptian
Defence Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi pointedly noted that
"any country where the military became engaged in `internal
affairs` was `doomed to have lots of problems.`
In a secret cable dated January 23, 2010, a senior
Saudi intelligence official is quoted as telling a US official
that "Saudi Arabia viewed the Afghan Taliban as largely under
the control of Pakistan" and that "the Afghan Taliban needed
support to be able to become more independent of Pakistan.