Pakistan

‘Maleeha acted as messenger of former army chief Kayani’

ISLAMABAD: Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s current envoy to the United Nations, had acted as an informal messenger between the Obama administration and former army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, revealed an email received from senior aide to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to one of the emails, Vali Nasr, then senior adviser in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, informed Secretary Clinton that Lodhi had communicated to him a message from Gen Kayani.

The US State Department released some 1,000 pages of emails of Ms Clinton.

“I got a call from Maleeha Lodhi, who is in London. She gave a message from Kayani,” Mr Nasr wrote on January 21, 2011.

While most emails about Pakistan have been heavily redacted, one does contain the entire text of the July 3, 2012 phone call between Secretary Clinton and Pakistan’s then foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Ms Clinton said that in this telephone call foreign minister Khar and she also talked “about the importance of taking coordinated action against terrorists who threaten Pakistan, the US and the region.”

Then senior US official Robin Raphel had underlined in his email about sensitivity of the civil military relations. He mentioned ‘her high-ups were opposed to a meeting between US civilians with senior military officials unless the MFA is present.’

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