Gilani removes Lodhi from Defence Secretary post

Published: January 11, 2012
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Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (L) was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime minister Gilani. Nargis Sethi (R) has been given the additional charge of Defence Secretary. PHOTO: INP

Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (L) was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime minister Gilani. Nargis Sethi (R) has been given the additional charge of Defence Secretary. PHOTO: INP

Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (L) was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime minister Gilani. Nargis Sethi (R) has been given the additional charge of Defence Secretary. PHOTO: INP Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday, a move that is likely to create further friction between the government and the military. 

“Prime minister has terminated the contract of defence secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi for gross misconduct,” a senior government official told AFP.

Nargis Sethi has been given the additional charge of Defence Secretary.

The move comes amid high tension over an unsigned memo that sought US help in reining in Pakistan’s generals.

Lodhi had earlier, in his reply to the Supreme Court in the Memogate case, had said that the government did not have ‘operational control’ over the army and its intelligence arm, the Inter-Services Intelligence.

Participants at a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) core committee meeting had demanded that the government take ‘appropriate action’ against Defence Secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi, for his ‘controversial statement’ in the court.

Analyst Ikram Sehgal said that, “Firing Lodhi may be a first step by the government in removing the Chief of Army Staff and the DG ISI… the Army will be forced to react.”

Brigadier Sarfaraz appointed 111 Brigade Commander

Brigadier Sarfaraz Ali has been appointed the new 111 Brigade Commander, Express News has reported.

The brigade is posted in Rawalpindi and is part of the X Corps. It has been known to be a part of military takeovers in the country.

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  • Malik
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Who is next in the line of fire?

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Great Job Mr. Gilani… You must fight back… that is how a representative must act in such a situation…

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  • khizar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Well done P M, Carry on we are with you.

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  • Imran
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Very positive and welcomed step.

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  • Imran
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:04PM

    If the government removes the COAS, it should replace him with the second senior most or the Rawalpindi Corps Commander to avoid any 1999 like situation.

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  • Roflcopter
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:05PM

    looks like they still haven’t given up on dreams of siasi shahadat.

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  • Omair
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:11PM

    Well done. The army must know its place in the country. That is to honorably defend its borders. Not interfere in running it.

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  • mk
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:15PM

    It seems the government is trying its best to become “political shaheeds”to salvage there lost
    credibility.I think come what may they should be made to complete there tenure so that people have a complete report card at the time of voting in the next elections.

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  • Alfred jan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Martyrdom after four years of plunder

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  • Ali Tipu
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:18PM

    If they haven’t written memo gate, why the fuss? Why the hue and cry and why the blame game on Army when everyone in the world knows that it is not initiated by Army. If the PM thinks he can sideline the SC orders and can take Army on the path of collision, he is making a terrible mistake. All to do with becoming political martyrs

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  • Megatron
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Cheif Justice please take quick action and stop PPP government from further maligning prime institutions..they want army to take over in order to become shaheeds…Please save judiciary and army’s pride please

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  • Megatron
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:20PM

    @Omair:
    U better wake-up ….look at PIA,steel mill,railway…so what is left is armed forces and judiciary….chief justice please punish these politicians

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  • Mohsin Riaz
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:23PM

    ppp wants to be political shaheed , so that they can ask for vote from poor people of Pakistan…….

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  • Madiha R.
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Pakistan’s politics gets only dirtier every hour!

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  • Madiha R.
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @mk:
    Couldn’t agree more with you!

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  • Faisal Riaz
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:30PM

    The government is not in right frame of mind. Its inviting trouble – army.

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  • bhai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:31PM

    doing wrong will only create more wrong!

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  • AK
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:31PM

    PM has again shown his allegiance to the party and now starts the downfall of the PPP government

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  • PARDESI
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Would you please consider sacking your incompetent government, instead of sacking and insulting people who are just trying to speak the truth and doing the right thing.

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  • Ovais
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Total caos….seems the government wants it to be couped by army….
    whats general public will get out from the fight between institutions….
    Pray for Pakistan.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Do not destroy the system.
    heard of bull in china shop?

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  • Omar Rahman
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Gilani has no idea how he’s making a fortress of military zombies around his neck by following orders blindly. His main aim should be to neglect firing people, and rather bringing them to public court, because then they might have a chance to tell their side of the “Gilani money laundering” story. This way, who knows he might end up sacking himself into asylum one day. He knows he can’t remove Kiyani the way he did the secretary, plus he has no say in the matter eitherRecommend

  • TS
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:46PM

    This reminds me of the match in which we used to throw the ball off from our reach, in case if becomes clear that our team is going to lose :P

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  • Jan 11, 2012 - 5:53PM

    @Imran, ur statement.
    “If the government removes the COAS, it should replace him with the second senior most or the Rawalpindi Corps Commander to avoid any 1999 like situation.”
    I think u are such an ignorant that PM could not remove COAS,coz statuesque is maintained due to Memogate petition at Apex court.
    if he tries for that it would be contempt against Apex courts keep in ur mind.
    dont worry there will not be any military rule anymore in pak.

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  • Farhan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Right step taken. Why Generals are pressuring govt? Who is superior authority….. Generals or the representative people of Pakistan? Though, govt is not able to stisfy people of Pakistani in this tenure, but i still support democratic govt because they represent me!

    Educated Pakistanis are with democratic govt and not with Generals who are asserting their powers uncontitutionally. Period!

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  • Peerzada
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Very hypocritical of most of the users since this has been the most corrupt government in the history of Pakistan, yet they are supported by fools who have no idea where this country is heading. There is no excuse of leading the country into mire. Rupee is completely and utterly devaluated and people having limited source of income are going down with it. Yet I want them to complete their 5 years of loot, plunder and lies, atleast they won’t have any semblance of sympathy in the next election like the last time when they used BB Shaheed’s death as a trump card. If we survive the remaining time (which these days seem like a very long shot). As far as Gillani’s brave move is considered I am assuming he did this to become a proverbial “Siyasi Shaheed” to gain sympathies in case army takes over and dethrones him and his belligerent boss!

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  • Ajamal
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Well done Prime Minister. You have taken a bold step of demolishing a state within your state.

    Bravo, bravo, bravo. People’s mandate vs a federal secretary !!!

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  • Mr. Joe
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Worst form of democracy is STILL better than the PK Army!

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Read the last para of this article……political martyr is what they want to be…but the Army is not going to repeat last mistakes but circumstances will force the judiciary to take action …wait..!! ab to khel shroo hua hey….Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:20PM

    This action might be initiated because of memo gate scandal by the PM. Prime minister and Mr. President Needs to give their resignation instead of this they are blaming to ministry of defense.

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  • AK47
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Democracy is the best revenge..!

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @Ajamal:

    Well done Prime Minister. You have taken a bold step of demolishing a state within your state. Bravo, bravo, bravo. People’s mandate vs a federal secretary !!

    ‘… your state’? A flag-bearer of so called ‘People’s mandate’ like yourself should know better that the state is not a personal property of the PM.

    This has nothing to do with People’s mandate anyway, this is a purely political decision with no input from the people as such.

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  • Saim
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:23PM

    This really breaks my heart that the self conscience of our leaders have died.

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  • ZIK
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:23PM

    and then they say that army took over the “ELECTED” goverment!… i guess the temperatures are high…. PM sb dont drag us to another marshal law.. just Stand Down!Recommend

  • LOK
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:27PM

    SC had told Gilani that he had till 16th Jan to act on NRP verdit, else one of the 6 options. He may not last till then :) PPP ko shahadat mubarak ho.

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  • Babloo
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Everything written in the memo seems to be 100% correct about collusion with terrorists and other forces that have destroyed Pkaistan.

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  • Hamza
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:32PM

    So far PPP is the only institution not following any court verdicts. I dont even know how they are allowed to carry on like this. I want army to interfere and bring these to justice. Recommend

  • doc iqbal
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Defence secretary gave a valid answer as ministries do not have operational control over the attached departments which is exercised by the head of the institution/deptt in every case not specifically in case of Army and which ought to be there for proper functioning of the departments..he has been made a scapegoat …

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  • adeel759
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:41PM

    This is 100% his right to do what he did. He should have done it three four days ago.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Coup!Coup!Coup!

    am so excited….our army will come back to power….so long awaited….

    Atleast our enemies will stop fingering us once the army is in power…

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  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Well done PM you are dealing everything sensibly to prolong your most corrupt tenure. So be invincibleRecommend

  • dude
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:03PM

    first step in showing that democracy is powerful than military, keep it up!

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  • Omair
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:12PM

    @Megatron

    The institutions you named have been run into the ground by 40 years of military rule, with inefficient and corrupt colonels and majors and other military cronies forming layers of middle (and upper) management. What you are seeing now is only the after-effects. The only reason the army gives you a semblance of an ‘orderly institution’ is because it has complete control over state resources and strategic policy.

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  • Omair
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @Karin ul Haq

    Dont forget Zia ul Haq.

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  • shak
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:18PM

    PPP is trying very hard get their government sacked now, before 5 years are over so they can come back in the next election and say “ONLY if we had FULL five years” we would have brought the heavens to earth……………

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  • The Kids
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:42PM

    For the last 64 years the Pakistan yet highly immature, facing political, Intra and inter Institutional childishness and lack of mutual respect and tolerance. That why common people under various crisis and each Govt. instead of focusing on socio-economic development, their tenure spend on inter and intra institutional warfare, dishonesty, struggle for supremacy and propagandas. The effects of such mutual competition adversely affected/effecting common people/public and propagate highly negative image at international level. On the other hand local media playing highly negative catalytic role to exaggerating the situation, warm-up the conflicts and taking advantages of situations dishonoring Pakistan both its local and international level.

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  • Wasim
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Mr. Gilani should take care of democratic process in the country. It is not the time to fight with Court and Army, moreover PPP leaders should also try to save democracy instead of just supporting Zardari and Gillani. It is the time to give resignation by both President and PM and give these positions to other leaders of PPP. Does it not happened in other democratic countries. There are very good examples of Japan.

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  • A. Khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Mr. Gilani should be ensuring that people have jobs, energy (gas/electricity), healthcare and education. That’s his mandate. Anything else and he is indulging in prolonging his… correction ….Zardaris rule in this country.

    Despite the fact that PPP has miserably failed in meeting any of its promises, I am against removing this government using any other means than an election.

    Reason is that this myth of a “Peoples” party needs to be demolished once and for all. And who better to do that than an incompetent and corrupt PPP government. And we can avoid PPP using the political martyr banner again.

    Let them complete their term. It will be equivalent of them committing political suicide.

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  • Raja
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Is this forum belongs to Government???

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  • Anwar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Mr. PM, great first step. This was long overdue. Fighting is definitely better than ducking. It is very important for the civilian government to assert itself and reclaim the authority that successive governments have lost to the military establishment over the last 3 decades. Army budget needs to be brought under the civilian authority. The army needs to be systematically brought under the civilian rule. This government has the historic opportunity to throw away the shackles of servitude and establish the supremacy of the constitution. The people of Pakistan should be given the right to get rid of Zardari, Gilani or the likes through ballot. It is time that all stakeholder in the political field stop looking up to the military leadership as the ultimate arbiters. Recommend

  • riz
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Sab milay huay hain…army government…judiciary…

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  • nassam
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:54PM

    This fight is only hurting the nation and nothing else. Unpopular govts around the world quit when they consider that their popularity has declined. I can assure that PPP that they would only gain if they step down and hold election as soon as possible. Holding on to power and doing nothing will take PPP no where. Pakistan has other pressing problems then to sit in front of TV and listen to stupid anchor person, how to run this nation. PM you have the ability only of if you think beyoud your self.

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  • Kashi
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:13PM

    PM n President r trying to cover their corruption in memo case n NRO, Look at the situation of GAS n Electricity in country, both of them r not able to run this country…look at corruption cases all of them r in waiting list, look at situation in Karachi which is created by MQM, ANP n PPP…No jobs are offered in the whole 4 years. NO business comes to PAK. look at exports ??? factories r shut down cause of gas n electricity problem these r failure policies of this GOVT. they should resign. every thing is expansive and out of reach of normal pay peoples in country. Recommend

  • A
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Are the defence secretary and the defence chief, the same designation?

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  • Cautious
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Kinda like shooting the messenger when you get bad news —- guy has fancy title and no authority.

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  • Balma
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:44AM

    To the government of Pakistan: Please fire these incompetents Kyani and Pasha.
    I would also like to know if Kyani had governments permission to go to China. Same for Pasha’s several trips to Qatar.

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  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Jan 12, 2012 - 2:40AM

    I wish the civilian Government had substance. Their corruption has blocked their way otherwise the civil Government should have an edge over the Army.

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  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Jan 12, 2012 - 2:41AM

    He must have move Nargis Sethi to remove the two Gen.’s in question.

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  • Nadir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 3:59AM

    Why is the retired lt generals service picture posted above? It gives the wrong impression that Gilani has fired a general, when in fact hes fired a civil servant.

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  • Amjad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 4:34AM

    @Megatron: Have you forgot that military leaders have damaged public companies and institutuions.

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  • someone
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:04AM

    If the government could do their work the army wouldn’t need to interfere…if our government wasn’t incompetent the army would be minding it own business….However our Army keeps this country under control if not for our army, the situation in Balochistan and Northern Area would be much worse…. it’s not our army’s job to handle these area…it’s our government……but i guess they are too busy blaming the army…

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  • Amir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Please go ahead Kiyani. Nation stands with its Army.

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Jan 13, 2012 - 7:54PM

    The PM has constitutional right to remove any government servant if found indulged in gross misconduct so why some are crying. The SC is already exercising executive authority on many issues. I am happy that an able lady has been appointed as Defense Secretary in the history of our men dominated society. PM should take action if necessary against any top brass.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Jan 14, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Reply to Aftab Kenneth Wilson…yes ! agreed….but when PM says one has to adhere to rule of business….he cannot sack a person without showcause notice after enquiry….that is the rule under act of 1962…for details pls read todays ” the news ” where ex Defense secretary is contemplating to go to court…& he has every right to do so.

    Could`nt agree more with Bishop Dr Ijaz Inayat…..your r 100 % correct.Making mistakes during its tenure is acceptable for being human…but corruption at the present level & that too with mismanagement & non-goverance is not acceptable.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:58PM

    @farhan – Educated Pakistanis should support the educated entity and right now, at the present time, they are the Pak Generals that have protected the nation for all these years and cleaned up the mess that civillian govt has been leaving behind. That is the ground reality! Presently, the public supports the Pak Fauj or early elections!!

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