ISI works under government supervision: Gilani

Published: April 28, 2011
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other government institutions were working with the government’s consent. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other government institutions were working with the government’s consent. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilan on Wednesday rejected the impression that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had ventured into any project without the government’s knowledge.

He said intelligence agencies were subservient to the government and were not involved in any act that was against the national interest. “If the ISI has taken some step, it has been done with our backing. We do not want anyone to weaken our state institutions.”

The prime minister said that the government would neither compromise nor undermine the country’s interest or its integrity at any cost.

“Pakistan Peoples Party is fully responsible for Pakistan’s sovereignty and security and it would never undermine it,” Gilani told a gathering after the inauguration of an upgraded health centre on the outskirts of Islamabad.

He said the country’s relations with the US were based on mutual self-respect. “We will not go against the national interest,” he said.

Gilani said the Pakistan-US diplomatic relations had experienced ups and downs during different government tenures. However, he assured that the present democratic government would always uphold the country’s interest   come what may.

He credited the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government with uniting the entire nation against extremists and terrorists, in reference to the military operation in Swat and Malakand.

The premier brushed aside fears about the safety of the country’s nuclear programme, saying there was no room for doubt.

Gilani also rejected the notion that the PPP government was not honouring the judiciary. Even in the Raymond Davis issue, the prime minister said the government’s silence was due to its respect for the courts as the matter was sub judice.

He said the government always worked towards strengthening the state institutions.

“Whether it’s the judiciary, the military or the parliament, we will not let anyone weaken the state institutions,” he said. He said some leaders were trying to mislead the nation that the prime minister would have to face contempt of court after declining the proposal of the parliamentary committee regarding the judges. “Such leaders should see now how the matter has been resolved amicably by the government,” he added.

Gilani said the people were aware of the worth of their political leaders and could now differentiate between those who tried to spread confusion and despondency. “Those leaders who are interested in coming into the government through undemocratic means should show some patience. The nation knows their worth quite well,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (16)

  • ba ha
    Apr 27, 2011 - 3:55PM

    That same US considers Mossad their ally and sent by MosesRecommend

  • ashok sai
    Apr 27, 2011 - 4:00PM

    Mr.Gilani don’t try to hide the elephant under armpit. Recommend

  • dextor
    Apr 27, 2011 - 4:05PM

    This mess i putting stains on us….by the way please do not use word SOVERIGNITY …. it sounds like you are mocking on whole nation..Give your official verdict internationally because ISI image was internationally maligned…..I know you cant dare this sir….and reason is clear…Recommend

  • John
    Apr 27, 2011 - 4:23PM

    “ISI is working with PAK Government Consent”

    Nothing can be more damaging than this statement.

    At least in Guantanamo bay files, the US analysts used the word “Rogue elements within the ISI” and absolved “mainstream ISI ” and distanced PAK gov from the fiasco.

    Now the PM made it clear that all was done under auspices of PAK government- a state sponsor of terrorism?

    Why is ISI wishy-washy in its statements and sending the PM to defend it. Only shows how much pull it has in PAK gov.

    Don’t the PAK people want to know if the ISI is indeed engaged in non-sponsored activities?

    All institutions should be answerable to people. Recommend

  • Shaharyar
    Apr 27, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Well said but ISI should be under the control and direction of the Government i.e. Prime Minister, as enshrined in its rules. There is need to dispel the impress that agencies are state within state and not accountable to any one. This concept has created by the agencies themselves through comments in Supreme Court in a case of misplaced persons.Then apex court has to remind them that they are under the law of the land and constitution and can not go beyond that in any case.Recommend

  • AnIndian
    Apr 27, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @ Gilani saab,

    you are kidding, right?Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Apr 27, 2011 - 5:54PM

    The battle has begun The Americans are out to defame and discredit the ISI , this is nothing more then threating ISI to go the American way. Now that R.Davis is out of the picture the CIA is playing rough. Drones attacks, open accusations and timely Wiki leaks are being used to arm. twist the agency. ISI though not totally innocent of accusation has to accommodate the Americans and NATO to withdraw from Afghanistan safely. The ground lost by CIA due to R.Davis misadventure maybe hurting American intelligence. They maybe trying to secure the lost ground.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Apr 27, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Now this is sheer lie. More accurate to say Government working with ISI consent.Recommend

  • samyak
    Apr 27, 2011 - 7:28PM

    @ Gilani saab,

    you are kidding, right?

    NBo, he’s not. He’s just saying that, the government knows of all ISI’s shenanigans. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Apr 27, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Sometimes staying silent is the best option. This makes it infinitely worse !Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 27, 2011 - 8:33PM

    USA confidential documents list ISI as a ‘terrorist support group’.

    PM Gilani claims that ISI is working with government consent.
    So what does that tell us about the Pak Government ?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 27, 2011 - 9:40PM

    ISI working with govt? ISI is and has been the govt all along.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Shock horror
    Apr 27, 2011 - 9:46PM

    So there are no rogue elements or non state actors in Pakistan. Since much of terrorism activities, as indicated by Mike Mullen, David Cameron and Wikileaks, have been done by ISI, and since Gilani says that all ISI activities are done under Government Supervision, it is clear, beyond any doubt, that Pakistan Government is explicitly engaging in terrorism. Vow! Come again Gilani.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 28, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Please consider the statement of PM as “Other way around”. Yes, this can be wishful thinking only to be laughed out. I would further say that if today all leading political/religious parties stop sending SOS signals to Jack Boots nothing will go wrong. It is time for all TEST-TUBE POLITICIANS and Parties to “Have Mercy on Us”.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:26PM

    wow this news should be published in Riplye’s believe it or not magazine LMAORecommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 5:01PM

    Its about time Gilani to come in defense of the state institutions, this is a clear message to all the foreign state enemy elements.. that “if you are against ISI? we are against you”…as said that “ISI works in the interest of Pakistan….which literally means anyone who is against ISI is against Pakistan”… Recommend

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