UK had pressurized Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari to send ISI Chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha to India following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but the Pakistani Army had vetoed the move, Wikileaks has revealed.
According to a US diplomatic cable leaked by the whistleblower website, the then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had pressed for sending Pasha to India following the attacks as Miliband described ISI’s Pasha as a welcome ‘new broom’ and expressed British support for ISI reforms.
‘Zardari gave the then British High Commissioner Robert Brinkley a long answer about various levels of Directors in ISI but finally confirmed that the Army had vetoed the decision to send Pasha’, the US cable said according to PTI. Zardari told Miliband that it might be possible to send National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani, as he outranked Pasha.
Zardari made it clear, ‘It would not be possible to send Pasha immediately” because Zardari needed to work public opinion first, said the cable written by the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson to Washington five days after the Mumbai carnage that left over 160 persons including six Americans dead.
According to the cable, Zardari saw an opportunity to strike back at his enemies in the global outcry following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.