The Army warns of ‘grievous consequences’ over Gilani claim


Operation “Memo-gate” is running as smoothly as a military operation.  After a fake mission to kill a fake “bin Laden,” the civilian govt allegedly petitions the US for protection from an alleged military coup, even though the military ties between the two govts. is the stronger tie.  Lo and behold, the operation becomes public, somehow pushing it into the Supreme Court, where the military sends word that the alleged coup is untrue, whereupon the civilian govt. cries foul.  Now that things have come to a head, it is time for the test, which will prove where the true power lies in Pakistan, which will result in the military creating order.  End of story.

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IF PAKISTAN  RETURNS TO THE MILITARY DICTATORSHIP, AMERICA WINS, PIPELINEISTAN FLOWS

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by Haris Anwar and James Rupert

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Operation “Memo-gate” is running as smoothly as a military operation.  After a fake mission to kill a fake “bin Laden,” the civilian govt allegedly petitions the US for protection from an alleged military coup, even though the military ties between the two govts. is the stronger tie.  Lo and behold, the operation becomes public, somehow pushing it into the Supreme Court, where the military sends word that the alleged coup is untrue, whereupon the civilian govt. cries foul.  Now that things have come to a head, it is time for the test, which will prove where the true power lies in Pakistan, which will result in the military creating order.  End of story. [Peter Chamberlin]

Bloomberg) — Pakistan’s army warned of “grievous consequences” after the Prime Minister accused it of violating the constitution, and the government sacked the defense secretary in the latest signs of escalating tensions between the military and the country’s elected leadership.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani criticized the army in a Jan. 9 interview for overstepping its authority in directly submitting to the Supreme Court its response to claims the government sought U.S. help to stop a possible coup. The showdown comes hours after Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari summoned parliament to garner support following a top court declaration yesterday that the prime minister had violated his oath of office by refusing to pursue corruption charges against the president.

“There can be no allegation more serious than what the honorable prime minister has leveled,” a statement on the military’s website said today. “This has very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country.”

The political upheaval in the nuclear-armed nation threatens to complicate U.S. plans to bolster security in the region as it withdraws troops from neighboring Afghanistan. It may also hamper efforts to revive Pakistan’s economy that grew 2.4 percent in the year ended June 30, one of its slowest expansions in a decade.

Shortly after the military issued its statement, Gilani’s spokesman said the premier had fired the country’s defense secretary, retired Lieutenant General Naeem Khalid Lodhi, for misconduct.

Zardari and Gilani convened leaders of their Pakistan People’s Party and its allies yesterday after the Supreme Court decision on the graft cases. A separate judicial commission is investigating whether Zardari and his ambassador to the U.S. authorized a memo in May that sought American pressure against a feared military coup following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

–With assistance from Mark Williams in New Delhi. Editors: Mark Williams, Peter Hirschberg

To contact the reporters on this story: Haris Anwar in Islamabad at hanwar2@bloomberg.net; James Rupert in New Delhi at jrupert3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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