Tribune Take: Gilani's comments signify new rift between military, civilian govt

PM Gilani's comments about Bin Laden demonstrates a growing rift between the civilian government and the military.

Mahawish Rezvi December 22, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's comments in the National Assembly. Gilani’s comments point towards a new spat between the military and the government after the Memogate scandal.

Kamran Yousaf, Senior Reporter for The Express Tribune in Islamabad, says that Pakistan has a chequered history when it comes to power tussles between the two institutions.

He says that no one can tell what will happen as a result of this latest spat.

Gilani, while addressing the National Assembly, had said that the establishment would always remain answerable to the parliament.

Commenting on the May 2 raid in Abbottabad that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the premier had said: “I formed a commission to investigate how OBL [Osama bin Laden] was residing in Pakistan for six years.”

He said that people had begun asking him about the issuance of visas, but he wants to ask who issued the visa to Bin Laden, making an obvious link to the lax security measures at the Pak-Afghan border.

The prime minister had said, “There can’t be a state within the state; they [establishment] would always be answerable to the parliament… All institutions of the country are answerable to the parliament.”

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Dr.A.K.Tewari | 11 years ago | Reply

Only a new political alience which has MQM , Musarraf as an integral component can maintain required balance between parliament and establishment . Army and ISI are there to sustain the imaginary issues of political parties regarding religion , kashmir , and India and Muslim world which can not be achieved but can give instant benifits to them . The new alience will give a new realization to the nation and break this nexes between them for the betterment of public at large ,

sam | 11 years ago | Reply its not gap between govt and military its gap between govt and people. Pakistani people got nothing to do with democracy, they want gas,electricity, safety and jobs.
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