Tribune Take: Military statement signifies no coup in the works

ISPR's stern statement against the government ensures that there won't be a military coup in the near future.

Mahawish Rezvi January 11, 2012

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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nnk | 11 years ago | Reply

@Adnan: @Cautious: Army's limited role in the affairs of the country, that too on matters of national security, can not be wished away overnight. What has been in practice all these years, will gradually fade away. Please be realistic, look at the state of affairs in the country. It is Kayani who has been exercising restraint against all odds, thus far. No coup will come in his tenure ----- guaranteed. Yes, he can come to the assistance of the court, when asked. Democracy is here to stay, only the right people have to be voted in to correct things going wrong. Lets strengthen the hands of the Judiciary and support the Army fighting powerful forces that are determined to breakup this country.

Sachal Sarmast | 11 years ago | Reply

Supreme of law of the land is constitution. Constitution says sovereignty goes to the God and is to be exercised through chosen representatives of the people. Now, if somebody or group desecrates the constitution, who in fact is desecrated? And how such people can demand good governance and rule of law from others? Particularly when generations of opportunists and unscrupulous persons are cultivated over the period of 64 years. Please make the military overthrow an unacceptable phrase in the country. Nobody should be allowed even to talk about that.

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