The Pakistani Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had mulled toppling Asif Ali Zardari and the civilian President had even made preparations for a coup or assassination, leaked US diplomatic cables have said.
The latest tranche of WikiLeaks published in the media has revealed that Zardari had made extensive preparations in case of his own assassination and instructed his son Bilawal. to name his sister, Faryal Talpur, as president.
The shadowy conspiracies and the tensions between the President Zardari and the powerful army has come out as Kayani is quoted as telling the US Ambassador during a March 2009 meeting that he "might however reluctantly" pressure Zardari to resign.
Kayani was quoted as saying that he might support Asfandyar Wali Khan, leader of the Awami National Party as the new President - and not Zardari's arch foe Nawaz Sharif.