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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