In a deepening civil-military divide, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has taken notice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilaniâ€™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 governmentâ€™s approval.
A statement released on the ISPR website on Wednesday said that the allegations leveled against Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Ahmed Shuja Pasha were very serious and had â€œvery serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the countryâ€.
It stated that Gilani gave the interview to The Peopleâ€™s Daily Online at the time when Kayani was also on an official visit to China.
â€œThe Honourable Prime Minister inter alia termed the responses given by COAS and DG ISI in the alleged Memo Case to the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan as unconstitutional and illegal.â€ However, it added, that Gilaniâ€™s statement did not take into account the fact that the COAS and the DG ISI were cited as respondents in the Memogate scandal by the Supreme Court and were served notices directly.
It also highlighted that in an earlier meeting between the prime minister and Kayani, the PM had publicly stated that the replies submitted by the respondents were â€œin response to the notice of the Court through proper channel and in accordance with the rules of businessâ€ and no objection was raised at that time.
The statement said: â€œCOAS and DG ISI in their response to the Honourable Supreme Court were obliged to state facts as known to them, on the Memo Issue. The issue of jurisdiction and maintainability of the Petitions was between the Honourable Supreme Court and the Federation.â€
No new PM, says Shah
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that his party has contacted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and discussed the matter.
â€œContacting different political parties is our duty and our right,â€ the federal minister said.
Shah, while speaking to media in Islamabad, categorically denied any possibility of a new PM, saying that Gilani was appointed unanimously by the parliament.
He further said that PM statements were not hostile in nature.
Pointing at mediaâ€™s role, Shah said that the media was creating unnecessary hype about the issue. â€œIt is the media which is presenting the ISPR statements as a serious warning,â€ Shah said.
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