Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
on Friday ruled out the threat of either a "judicial" or a
"military" coup in Pakistan as both state institutions were
pro-democracy and did not want to derail the system.
Gilani made the remarks while participating in the
programme "Prime Minister Online" on state-run PTV tonight.
He was responding to questions related to possible strains
between the Pakistan People`s Party-led civilian government on
one side and the judiciary and military on the other.
He contended that the government, military and the
Inter-Services Intelligence agency were on the same page on
the issue of the controversial secret memorandum sent to the
US military in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
There will be a joint reply from the government and Army
to the Supreme Court on the memo issue, he said.
The apex court today ordered the formation of a commission
to investigate the "Memogate" controversy and sought responses
on the issue within 15 days from the President, army chief and
The memo, made public by Pakistani-American businessman
Mansoor Ijaz, states that the government sought help from the
US to prevent a military coup in May.
In response to a question, Gilani said Pakistan`s decision
to boycott the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan to protest a
NATO attack that killed 24 soldiers was final and taken
"How we can attend the Conference when our sovereignty was
attacked?" he said.
Afghanistan`s soil was used against Pakistan`s sovereignty
and integrity, and under such circumstances, Islamabad had to
focus on its own security, he said.
Gilani denied that the government was considering a
proposal to send Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to the
At the same time, he said Pakistan`s actions should
not be seen as a withdrawal from the war on terrorism.
"Terrorism is against our own country and this is our own
war," he said.
Pakistan can continue working with the US, NATO and
International Security Assistance Force after formulating new
rules of engagement under a new agreement, he added.
Gilani said he had asked the Parliamentary Committee on
National Security to give recommendations on future ties with
the US and NATO.
He said he would attend a meeting of the parliamentary
panel soon and brief its members on the NATO attack and
Asked about the possibility of holding a dialogue with
the Taliban, he said the militants should first decommission
themselves and denounce violence and the government could then
talk to them to bring them into the mainstream.