Zaid Hamid on Wikileaks: yahoodi bandar, amreeki haathi (and khaki gidh)

December 03 - PM Gilani chairing the meeting of DCC in Islamabad. The most powerful man present in the meeting is hardly visible in this picture.

December 03 - PM Gilani chairing the meeting of DCC in Islamabad. The most powerful man present in the meeting is hardly visible in this picture.

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Two apparently unrelated pieces. The first one is a TV interview by Zaid Hamid in which he terms Wikileaks as an Israeli conspiracy which is as threatening to the US as it is to Pakistan.

The second piece is a news report about a recent meeting of Pakistan’s high level Defence Committee of Cabinet which blasted the Wikileak cables terming them as a conspiracy to tarnish Pakistan’s (in fact Pakistan army’s) image.

First the video:

Brasstacks 270 – Dirty secrets and Plans of WikiLeaks – Zaid Hamid

Now, the news item:

WikiLeaks reports attempt to harm Pak image: DCC

ISLAMABAD: The Defence Committee of Cabinet termed the release of WikiLeaks diplomatic cables an attempt to harm the image of the country, a private TV channel reported on Friday.

The DCC affirmed the government’s and the public’s commitment to defend the country’s honour, dignity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. The committee reviewed the security challenges faced by Pakistan and expressed satisfaction on the defence preparedness.

The committee rejected the WikiLeaks disclosures and termed them a conspiracy against Pakistan. The meeting termed the leaks false and unauthentic and an attempt to malign the political and military leadership of the country.

Gilani welcomed the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Wynne, and also wished General Kayani success in his new term.

The Committee reaffirmed that Pakistan’s defence forces and its strategic and conventional capabilities would continue to be strengthened. (Source)

The Defence Committee of the Cabinet decided on Friday to convey to the US authorities the government’s reservations over the disclosure of confidential and secret information by WikiLeaks, reliable sources said.

A meeting of the committee, presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, denounced the leak of sensitive information and warned that its continuation would endanger friendly ties among countries.

The DCC meeting was attended by ministers for defence, interior, finance and information, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the three services chiefs.

The sources said that a formal stance of the government on the problem caused by the whistleblower website would be handed over to the US authorities through proper channel at an appropriate time.

Some TV channels reported that after the DCC meting, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani called on President Asif Ali Zardari, but neither the Presidency nor the ISPR confirmed the report.

Although the Prime Minister’s Secretariat issued a press release of over 1,000 words on the proceedings of the committee, it did not say a word about the much-talked about leak of loads of top secret information about the country the US embassy had been sending back home through confidential cables.

“There are so many important issues than this (WikiLeaks disclosure) and whatever we have discussed at the meeting has been mentioned in detail in the official handout issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat,” Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told Dawn.

He kept quiet when repeatedly asked if the DCC, which represents the top civil and military leadership, had deliberated upon information released by WikiLeaks over the past few days.

But sources privy to the proceedings confided to Dawn that the issue was very much discussed by the participants during the four-hour meeting. Initially, they said, it was decided to include one paragraph about it in the official statement, but it was later dropped on the instructions of a ‘top official’.

Some participants, according to the sources, wanted that a clear stand should be taken on the WikiLeaks issue in the official statement, but others advised that it should be played down for the time being. (Source)



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