WikiLeaks has quoted the head of the French Interagency on Afghanistan-Pakistan cell, Jasmine Zerinini as saying that Army Chief General Kayani has learnt his lesson from Musharraf and is staying behind the scenes in Pakistan.
Zernini also told a US diplomat that General Kayani is manipulating the government and parliament into preventing change on Pakistan’s policy in the tribal belt. She added that Kayani also had a role in stirring up controversy regarding the Kerry-Lugar bill – that ties continued US aid to increased civilian control of the military.
Zerinini also argued that the West had missed its opportunity to push the Pakistani military to crush the Afghan Taliban taking refuge in Pakistan.
Citing Jalaluddin Haqqani as an example, Zerinini said in 2004 he had a standing as a leader among the militants, but did not have the organisation to represent a significant military threat. However, since then, large amounts of funding, predominately from Gulf donors, have allowed Haqqani to create a network that would be difficult for the Pakistani military to defeat.
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