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Ch Nisar's wife, children are US nationals: WikiLeaks

12 September, 2011

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KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s leader of the opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan assured the US in 2008 that he and his party were pro-American, according to a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.

"Saying that his wife and children are in fact Americans, Nisar did admit that he went to the US Embassy in London to renew his daughter's passport because he wanted to avoid being seen at the US Embassy in Islamabad." More telling, however, is Khan's stance on US military action within Pakistan, and how the PML-N would act to remain "publicly credible".

Nisar reportedly avoided saying that the PML-N opposed either air attacks or US ground action, contrary to its reaction over the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad by a US Navy SEALs team which killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "What he did say was that the PML-N would have to criticise the Government of Pakistan for allowing US action. Otherwise, said Nisar, the party would have no credibility with the people."

Nisar said that US policy needed to be more transparent as "confusion bred unhelpful conspiracy theories". He also told US diplomats that former president Pervez Musharraf was seen as too pro-US and so was "tainted in Pakistani eyes". The release of the US embassy and consulate cables in Pakistan has also highlighted how various politicians have lobbied American diplomats for support.

From Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) to former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the late former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, every major politician in Pakistan has looked to the diplomats

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