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Mr. Ijaz claims that Mr. Haqqani wanted him to deliver a letter from Mr. Zardari to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until his resignation in September.
The letter sought Adm. Mullen’s assurance of U.S. support for Mr. Zardari if he pre-empted the suspected coup by removing top security officials, according to Mr. Ijaz.
The letter delivered to the Pentagon in May came nine days after Navy SEALs killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town where he had been hiding.
In Pakistan, top generals and intelligence officials reportedly were outraged by the raid, while many Western analysts suspected that Pakistani security forces were sheltering bin Laden.
Mr. Haqqani’s attorney, Zahid Bukhari, left Islamabad on Tuesday to interview Mr. Ijaz, who is living in London.
“Mansoor Ijaz is a liar, and my cross-examination will expose him,” Mr. Bukhari told reporters in Pakistan.
Mr. Ijaz, meanwhile, complained about Mr. Haqqani’s “selective memory” and stuck by his charges.
“The point is that the truth is the truth,” Mr. Ijaz said in London. “No matter how many times I am asked to tell it, it will come out the same way because there is only one version of the truth.”
Mr. Haqqani was a popular ambassador in Washington, and many top U.S. senators are closely following the Pakistani investigation.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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