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Wikileaks reveal Saudi nexus with Haqqani network

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi embassy in Islamabad stayed in touch with the Haqqani network and also facilitated medical treatment for militant group’s leader, reveals cables published by Wikileaks.

The cables, published by WikiLeaks, have provided a rare insight into the contacts between Saudi officials and the Haqqani network in the recent past.

The Saudi foreign ministry had — in a statement released after WikiLeaks started publishing the cables — expressed concern over their public release, but said the information contained in the leaked documents did not contradict Saudi Arabia’s known position on foreign policy matters.

The Saudi government has, meanwhile, not acknowledged these cables as authentic and asked its citizens to ignore them.

One of the cables, signed by former Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Saleh Al Ghadeer, details his meeting with Nasiruddin Haqqani, one of the sons of Haqqani network chief Jalaluddin Haqqani. The meeting between the ambassador and Nasiruddin took place on Feb 15, 2012.

The venue of the meeting has not been mentioned, but the ambassador usually held meetings either at the embassy or his residence, both of which are located in the heavily guarded Diplomatic Enclave and remains under the watchful eyes of Pakistani intelligence agencies, says the cable.

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