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Zardari opposed back channel talks

world Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:15 IST

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Pakistan's Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani told a top American diplomat that his establishment wanted resumption of back channel talks with India, but President Asif Ali Zardari is against it, according to a US cable leaked by WikiLeaks. Kayani told this to the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson during a two-hour long meeting in October 2009.

During the meeting, Patterson asked Kayani about the likelihood for restarting the back-channel talks with India, noting that the US had received a good readout from former Foreign Minister Kasuri, who was enthusiastic about the appointment of Riaz Khan as the back-channel negotiator.

"Kayani said that Ambassador should talk to Zardari about restarting the back-channel where it 'left off'. He was not sure that Zardari was quite willing to wade into these political waters yet," the cable said.

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