WikiLeaks: Nawaz enjoys public support, but can’t topple govt

Leaked documents reveal Patterson said Zardari is not a popular leader.


December 06, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and chief of a major opposition party Nawaz Sharif is far more popular than President Asif Ali Zardari, but he cannot topple the government with street power,  according to new US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

In a diplomatic dispatch dated June 20, 2008, former US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson said that President Zardari is not a popular leader and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is playing a key role in steering the country out of a series of crisis.

According to the new cables, whenever there is a need for a broader parliamentary alliance to tackle national challenges, Premier Gilani is at the forefront.

President Zardari realises his shortcomings and accepts that he is not a popular leader and has no previous experience of holding such a high public office.

According to the dispatches, the government formed after the elections has gained stability.

Although Nawaz Sharif enjoys greater public support but he lacks the ability to dislodge the government.

According to a dispatch, Zardari partially regained public support after restoring Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and initiating the army action against Taliban.

On a personal level, a dispatch said, President Zardari wants Pakistan to have better relations with India, however he cannot proceed without the military’s endorsement.

He is proceeding with caution because he does not want to be considered someone who wants to initiate dialogue on Kashmir at a time when a large number of Pakistani troops are deployed on the country’s western border.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2010.

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rubina | 10 years ago | Reply i think nawaz is best among all in pakistan. he is the only person who can take pakistan to uprise . the damage done to pakistan and army can be restored if nawaz shariff can be elected.he is wise.and dont think if pervaiz toppled his govt illegally than he should be hanged by his untrue lies.no it was not wise for nawaz to be hanged by pervaiz like bhutto and his successor ruin the country.so nawaz did the right thing it is the people of pakistan who should comeforward inthe streets to fight against pervaiz. we love nawaz....zindabad
Riaz Butt | 10 years ago | Reply I do not think that Nawaz Sharif enjoys popularity anymore even in Lahore.
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