Ridiculous to link President to memogate: Khar

Islamabad: Admitting that the `memogate` scandal has raised questions on the strength of Pakistan`s civilian government and the influence wielded by the powerful military, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said it was "ridiculous" to link President Asif Ali Zardari to the controversial note.

"Sadly it does. I cannot deny that, and that`s an unfortunate part that something as ludicrous as this could raise more questions. "It doesn`t take much to be able to raise those questions," Khar said in an interview with BBC.

She was responding to a query about the `memogate` controversy raising questions about the strength of the civilian government and the impression that the military is pulling the levers of power in Pakistan.

Pakistan`s envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, was forced to resign after being linked to a secret memo that was delivered to the American military by controversial Pakistan-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz.

Haqqani has denied that he played any role in drafting the memo. The memo, made public by Ijaz, sought US help to prevent a military takeover in Pakistan in the wake of the American military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

It also claimed the Pakistan government would carry out a national security revamp by rooting out military and intelligence officials with links to militants.

Asked if President Asif Ali Zardari would survive if he was linked to the scandal, Khar said: "I cannot even answer that question because it is ridiculous…to associate him with this particular memo".