Pakistan Army Chief: Prime Minister’s Accusations To Have Serious Consequences

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has dismissed the defense Secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi for being the cause of ‘misunderstanding’ between the military and the civilian government. Gilani accused the army and intelligence chiefs of not submitting their replies to the Supreme Court inquiry commission on the Memogate issue, through government channels. He called the actions illegal and unconstitutional.

Pakistan’s army has responded to PM Gilani’s accusation, saying it will have grievous ramifications for the country. In a statement on Wednesday it’s army stated, “There can be no allegation more serious than what the honorable prime minister has leveled against COAS General Ashfaq Kayani and DG ISI Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and has unfortunately charged the officers for violation of the constitution of the country”.

The army also denied the allegation leveled by PM Gilani saying their responses passed through the defense secretary to the court in accordance with the law. The statement added that Gilani had issued a press release last month apparently approving the army’s replies to the court as being made “through proper channel”. The statement also defended submissions as the military’s obligation to “state the facts”.