In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at the ever growing rift between the federal government and the military. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has taken notice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s interview to a Chinese newspaper in which he said that the army chief and DG ISI gave statements to the Supreme Court without the government’s approval.
Kamran Yousaf, Senior Reporter for The Express Tribune in Islamabad, says that such a stern statement from the ISPR ensures that there would be no coup by the military. If the military was thinking in terms of a takeover, there wouldn’t be a need for such a statement, he adds.
Instead, he says the military is banking on the Supreme Court to use the National Reconciliation Ordinance verdict to add pressure to the federal government. While the federal government, he says, prefers to go down as political martyrs for electoral benefits, by alleging a conspiracy against them.
Yousaf adds that conditions in Islamabad seem fluid and it is difficult to predict what will happen next.
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