Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kiyani and Pasha acted illegally, Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said affidavits submitted to the Supreme Court by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha on `memogate` were `unconstitutional and illegal`.
He was giving an interview to the People`s Daily Online of China, which was released by the official Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, Mr Gilani said since the COAS and ISI DG had submitted their replies to the court without seeking approval of the competent authority under the rules of business, the statements carried no legal import. 

`No summary seeking approval of the competent authority was initiated by the ministry of defence nor was any approval obtained from the defence minister,` the Soon after the APP released excerpts of the interview, it was picked by major news search engines and online editions of newspapers all over the world. 

Some saw it as an obvious reference to the ongoing tension between the government and the military establishment. However, legal experts said it was too late on part of the prime minister to take this stand as the court had already set up a three-member commission to investigate the memo case.

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