Wiki'Leaks Zardari's fear of death

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London, Dec 1: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who feared he would be assassinated, had made extensive preparations for his family to live in the United Arab Emirate , according to US Embassy cables.

According to the sources, Zaridar informed US Ambassador in Pakistan Anne Patterson that, he had instructed is son Bilawal to name is sister Faryal Talpur as president, if he was assasinated.

In 2010, Zardari requested the United Arab Emirates to allow his family to live there in the event of his death.

Zardari wife Benazir Bhutto was killed in a suicide bombing in December 2007. Bhutto lived in self-imposed exile in the UAE for years before her ill-fated return to Pakistan in 2007, The Guardian reports.

The WikiLeaks cables provide a changing behaviour of Zardari. A note by Zardir in 2008 reveals that, "he hails from a tribe with non-significant social standing in Sindh."

Zardari was frank about the strength of the Taliban, "I'm sorry to say this but we are not winning the war against extremists," he told to US Vice-President Joe Biden, in 2009, indicating his own limitations.

"I am not Benazir, and I know it," he told Patterson after his wife's death.


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