WikiLeaks disclosures would not harm bilateral ties: US, Pak
Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 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.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 00:34

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