Fearing coup, Gilani called British diplomat: Report

The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Xpress Tribune

Published: January 13, 2012

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed his fears of a possible coup by the Army to a British diplomat over a phone call this week, AP reported on Friday.

According to the diplomat, the “panicky” call suggested that there was a general fear among the Pakistani government officials of a military takeover.

“Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asked High Commissioner Adam Thomson for Britain to support his embattled government,” AP reported.

However, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister House, Gilani had not made any such call.

The recent political development in the country has deepened the rift between the military and the government, with Gilani stating that army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha had not been given approval by the ‘competent authorities’ – in other words the government – before submitting their responses in the Memogate case.


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