Zardari, Kayani never talked to each other on night of May 1, May 2: Spokespersons

Published: March 3, 2012
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Kayani and Zardari never talked on the night of May 1 and May 2. PHOTO: FILE

Kayani and Zardari never talked on the night of May 1 and May 2. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Following statements of Mansoor Ijaz to reporters in London on Friday, both, the President, and the army in Pakistan denied that Asif Ali Zardari, and Kayani had talked on the night of May 1 and May 2.

Mansoor Ijaz had on Friday, told reporters outside the Pakistan High Commission, that Zardari had spoken to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani when US helicopters infiltrated Pakistani territory, and ordered Pakistani jets to stand down.

Spokesperson to the President, Senator-elect Farhatullah Babar in a statement on Saturday dismissed as “absolutely untrue and unfounded,” media reports about President Asif Ali Zardari’s phone call to army chief on the night of May-2 raid on Osama BinLaden.

“A section of the media has carried reports implying that President Asif Ali Zardari had through a phone call, on the night ofMay-2 raid on Osama bin Laden, informed the army chief that the operation had been conducted with his approval.”

The statement issued from the Presidency dismissed the reports as “absolutely untrue and unfounded.”

For its part, Kayani too issued a statement through his public media arm, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement read “Referring to the statement of Mr Mansoor Ijaz as reported in the media, there was no telephone conversation between the President and the COAS on the night between 1 and May 2, 2011.

The spokesman further said that the “Military leadership has briefed the joint  session of the Parliament  as well as the Abbottabad Commission on the subject matter and there is nothing more to add to it.”

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 3, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Every one knows that Mansoor Ejaz is a compulsive lair, therefore, what ever nonsense his talking is baseless and have now grounds.

    People of Pakistan must note one thing and that is Mansoor Ejaz is giving his statements without having a strong footing and grounds.

    If Mansoor Ejaz is having such a caliber then why US Government has not appointed him as Chief of CIA or FBI?

    He is among one of the frog’s that is trying to come out from the well, but couldn’t.

    Let him be in the well, as if he is taken out and put on the surface, he will give more bad name to US Government and will create more gap between the US and Government of Pakistan.

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  • blithe
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:01PM

    no communication or just ‘no telephone communication’

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  • Tharki
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:12PM

    This means they met

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  • Fareed
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:22PM

    I just don’t understand where this all is getting us to??? Before 2008 we were at least somehow sure that the army would come to rescue as they are the last line of defence. But we rediculed them and asked to empower the judicary.

    Now, the judiciary, the army and the political elites are making a fool out of us. Why?? Why don’t people see this?? What is the purpose of being a staunch pakistani ???

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  • well-wisher
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:23PM

    What a twist in the tail but one side is definitely lying and truth will never come out.

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  • Chanakya
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Two negatives make one positive. Does it apply here ?Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2012 - 10:30PM

    haha mansoor Ijaz started bashing military now :p, maybe CIA would help the generals now

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  • Cautious
    Mar 3, 2012 - 11:36PM

    Does anyone really believe that Zardari has the authority to order jets to stand down? Does anyone really believe that Pakistan would use it’s jets to attack American’s returning from a special op which hadn’t harmed any Pakistan military or civilians (except for your pride)?

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  • WB
    Mar 3, 2012 - 11:57PM

    In this “bath” all are naked. Tell me people wasn’t the days of Mush better? We now have democracy, a free judiciary, and an army chief who hardly ever utters a word, we have all that but we have lost our country. Shame on this sham democracy and a sham judiciary.

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  • Adeel759
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:32AM

    In t heir lust to get H Haqqani removed, these Generals told the whoile country that Mr Mansoor cannot speak lie. Now we should believe what ever he says orhe is lying about everything. NOW WE SHOULD believe him that already generals knew of operation forget about Zardari and Gilani. Hurrrrrrrray for H Haqqani, laugh as much you can.

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  • Adeel759
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:36AM

    Now I can declare with ease,”Ik Zardari, Fauj Pe Bhari” this us called revenge of democracy. This Fauj should realize when you are at your lowest of Morale, never seek new adventures because outcome will look just like this, now you rubbishing same person who was personally attended by nobody less than DG

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  • Akhtar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 6:17AM

    So there was a major intrusion & there was no communication between the President & the Army Chief. Why? Through out the night, the American were there so close to PMA, & the Presmident wasn’t informed. Banana Republic?

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  • mnkhan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:38AM

    please discard mansoor once for all, as he is the bigiest lier,trying to gain prominace,
    how ever his mrs can get some attentation if media focus and probe.

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