The 15-month pact was to “foster fact-based, accurate discussion of U.S./Pakistani relations among American opinion leaders.” Nat Strategies’ k-global unit was to lead the effort.
The Washington-based firm had envisioned travels to Islamabad to better familiarize itself about issues facing Pakistan and to build relationships with movers & shakers. It also planned to support a U.S. visit by President Zardari to the U.S.
Nat Strategies, on Nov. 30, informed the Justice Dept. that it “neither performed any services nor received any payments” from the Committee. It deemed the agreement null and void.
The original Justice Dept. documentation, it explained, was made “in anticipation of memorializing” the agreement.
Paul Johnson, k-global chief and former Fleishman-Hillard regional president, told O’Dwyer’s via mail: “We stopped work in March. We were never paid.”
Zardari currently is in Dubai for medical treatment but rumors swirl that the military is poised to move against him.
He is slated to appear Dec. 19 before the country’s Supreme Court to explain why Pakistan’s now former U.S. ambassador, Husain Haqqani, a key Zardari ally, penned a memo in the aftermath of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden looking for U.S. support to prevent a military coup.