WikiLeaks: Fazlur Rehman's votes were 'up for sale'

Published: June 1, 2011

Patterson noted that Fazlur Rehman looked to engage with the US to secure a high place in the govt after elections.

A new WikiLeaks cable reveals that JUI-F leader Maulana Fazalur Rehman indicated to the US that his “still significant” number of votes were “up for sale” even if his party’s voter support drops in 2007.

A cable filed by former ambassador Anne Patterson contains details of a meeting between JUI-F leaders Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Senator Talha Mahmood, Senator Aza Swati and Malik Sikander Khan and US diplomats, in which she comments:

Fazlur enjoys being courted by both Musharraf and Bhutto and sees himself increasingly in the lucrative position of being kingmaker, if not the next Prime Minister, because of JUI-F’s voter strength in what may be a three-way vote tie among Pakistan’s major parties. Even if JUI-F’s voter support drops, he has made it clear that, free and fair elections notwithstanding, his still significant number of votes are up for sale.

In the cable, Patterson also notes that “Haideri said that all important parties in Pakistan had to get the approval of the USG.”

She acknowledges that JUI-F wanted to be a major party and wanted to be “more engaged with the US”. Patterson wrote:

At one point in the conversation, Rehman asked the Ambassador if the USG would deal with him if he was elected as Prime Minister and cautioned the USG not to put all of its eggs in the basket of Benazir Bhutto. Ambassador noted that it was not USG policy to crown any particular leader in Pakistan….Rehman indicated his desire to travel to the U.S. and suggested he could lobby the Congress and American think tanks “as well as Benazir Bhutto.”

Cable Referenced: WikiLeaks no. 131658

The full text of the cables can be read on Dawn.com, The Hinduand NDTV. WikiLeaks has previously released cables to other media organisations including Guardian and the New York Times.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Qasim
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:19PM

    No breaking news; everyone including his friends and foes know him well. Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 2:21PM

    This guy is such a joke. First he nudged and winked and offered the US amb support if he was made PM, and now this. And then he has the audacity to say that the only thing he owns is a vespaRecommend

  • patriotic
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:23PM

    hypocrite no 1..Recommend

  • abdul aziz
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:24PM

    so now the hypocrisy of the islamic parties is exposed.And this was the guy leading the vicious campaign against the barbaric blasphemy laws & look all the while he was willing to sell his soul to the americans.our people should now open their eyes & see the lies & munafkat of our islamic parties,how these people use religion to incite illeterate people to do their bidding.
    These mazhabi parties called for taseer’s blood while all the time they were in bed with the supposed enemy ‘america’.This shows the real face of our Islamic parties.Recommend

  • SH
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Maulana Diesel!!!Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 1, 2011 - 2:51PM

    If Caliphate is established in Pakistan, this man would most probably become the Caliph. Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jun 1, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Diesel is for sale, always was.
    (I didn’t mention anyone please don’t censor)Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Jun 1, 2011 - 3:21PM

    What a shame, these people are the thanedars of religion and see what they do in Privacy?Recommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Jun 1, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Everyone knows Mullah was / is for sale.Recommend

  • Arshad Jamal Butt
    Jun 1, 2011 - 4:37PM

    Real faces of these so called leaders.
    But why someone wants to reveal them “NOW”. It’s a question.

    Everyone say why there is terrorism, inflation and hypocrisy in Pakistan. Reason is that there are no sincere leadership. One leader (general Zia ul Haq) creates “Mujahideen” on signals of USA and later another leader (Pervaiz Musharaf) eliminates or kills these Mujahideen turned terrorists on signals of USA. USA says “do more, do more” and finish Pakistan because USA played their role to brought these corrupt so called leaders in power for their “work”. They smile at Pakistan destruction but Pakistan will never finish due to pray of great Sufis and poor people.Recommend

  • Salman Zafar
    Jun 1, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Hahahahaha….
    Very true about maulana diesel.
    hahahahahahahaRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 1, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Not that mullahs are for sale, but they are also friends with the extremist terrorists. The only way to expose them is not vote these terrible elements in the next elections. In addition we shuld keep an eye on their allies, like PML and JI and anybody else who makes an alliance with them or in the past. Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 1, 2011 - 11:50PM

    SUBKHANALLAH lolzRecommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 4:37AM

    Badnaam hongay tou kya naam na ho ga!!

    Inshallah Caliphate will be established in Pakistan and I will rule according to Sharia!

    This wikileaks is Amreekan Sazish against me and Islam.

    Lanatallah hu aliam on all those who make worst bohtan against me!Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 6:34AM

    so the mullah is a hooker! what else is new?Recommend

  • Hmmm
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:12PM

    But we already knew it – didn’t we. Diesel is always on saleRecommend

  • 3footninja
    Jun 3, 2011 - 12:23PM

    they’ve all up for sale… other than Imran Khan, they’re all up for sale… what a pity…Recommend

  • D. Powers
    Jun 3, 2011 - 12:46PM

    I don’t blame any leader, I blame the people who support them and continue to support them despite their hypocrisies. Recommend

  • Arshad Jamal Butt
    Jun 4, 2011 - 9:46AM

    @D. Powers:
    THEN YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND DIFFERENCE between election and selection.
    People of Pakistan do not elect their leaders and even generals. Recommend

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