Pakistan's ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani — File photo

ISLAMABAD: US businessman of Pakistani origin Mansoor Ijaz has rejected reports that there was some understanding between President Asif Ali Zardari and Ambassador Husain Haqqani regarding the controversial memo sent to US military chief Mike Mullen and said the president had no knowledge of any such document.

He claimed that President Zardari might have spoken to Mr Haqqani after the May raid about the pressure on him, hence asking the latter to help him out in this regard, leaving the mechanics to the ambassador how to go about it.

Mr Ijaz hit out at Mr Haqqani on challenging the authenticity of the memo and ruled out any missing links in the memo-authenticity chain. He said he was an ‘ultra wealthy’ individual who handled his own investments and would sue anyone for slandering him using the best of lawyers from London, New York and Switzerland.

Earlier Ijaz had claimed in an article published in the Financial Times that he had, on President Zardari’s instructions and with the help of a top diplomat, drafted and delivered a memo to Admiral Mullen calling for his help in supporting President Zardari in case of a military coup.

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