The latest cache of cables released by WikiLeaks revealed Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had warned the United States about a possible terror threat to Israelis residing in India, WikiLeaks reported revealed. According to reports, the whistleblower also reveals that this alert was conveyed to Israel as well.
Reports also suggested Kayani wanted America to convey this alert to India. The warning from the Pakistani army chief came reportedly after Israelis were targeted during November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
Nariman House, a Jewish outreach centre in Colaba, Mumbai was seized and attacked by four terrorists during the 26/11 terror strike.
Six of its occupants, including Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant, were killed in the attack. Their two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.
Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari stopped the Pakistan Army chief from conducting an operation in Waziristan, WikiLeaks revealed, a private news outlet reported.
In a diplomatic cable sent to Washington on October 6, 2009 the then ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W Patterson wrote about her meeting with Army chief Kayani. According to the cable, Kayani informed her that President Zardari had stopped the operation in Waziristan till spring due to political reasons.
During their meeting, COAS informed the US ambassador that he had met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar, but the purpose of this meeting was not political. ISI chief Lt General Shuja Pasha was also present during the meeting between the US ambassador and COAS.
According to the cable, both Kayani and Pasha opposed certain aspects of the Kerry-Lugar bill stating that they were against the Pakistan Army and would negatively impact Pak-US relations. On the issue of back channel diplomacy with India, COAS said that the US ambassador should speak with President Zardari. The cable also stated that both Kayani and Pasha wanted back channel diplomacy with India to be successful.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2011.