In a May 2008 meeting with a visiting American congressional delegation, President Asif Ali Zardari said: “We won’t act without consulting with you,” according to a US embassy cable leaked by WikiLeaks.
The cable further revealed that Nawaz Sharif repeatedly told the US ambassador he was “pro-American”, despite his often critical public stance. He thanked the US for “arranging” to have Kayani appointed as the Army chief. “The best thing America has done recently,” he said.
The US and General Kayani worried that Zardari would renege on his word of pardoning Musharraf. “Zardari is walking tall these days, hopefully not too tall to forget his promise to Kayani and to us on an immunity deal,” wrote Patterson in the dispatch.
Another diplomatic cable unveiled by WikiLeaks revealed when the Bush administration remained silent amid rumours that Pakistan was about to release top nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan from house arrest, a top US official urged Washington to “strongly oppose” the move.