17 Dec '11, 3pm

Pakistan PM denies rift with army over secret memo

Pakistan PM denies rift with army over secret memo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has dismissed rumours of a rift with the country's powerful army over a secret memo that sought US intervention to prevent a feared military coup. Tensions between the army and government appeared to have soared in recent days as intelligence chiefs demanded an inquiry into the scandal that threatens to implicate President Asif Ali Zardari, who is abroad following an illness. The demand came after the political opposition asked the Supreme Court to find out who was behind the memo that sought US help to prevent a coup and curb the power of the military after Osama bin Laden was killed in May. But Gilani in a late Friday meeting at his residence with army chief Ashfaq Kayani "strongly rejected the notion", his office said in a statement. Gilani "reiterated that the Government of Pakistan and its institutions remained com...

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