Judiciary, Army should work within limits: Gilani

Pakistan PM said all state institutions, including the judiciary and army, should work within their constitutional limits.

Updated: Dec 25, 2011, 15:55 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani on Sunday said all state institutions, including the
judiciary and army, should work within their constitutional
limits as tensions continued between the civilian government
and the powerful military over the memogate scandal.

"Parliament, judiciary and the army we respect all
three and we want these three institutions to work while
remaining within their constitutional limits," Gilani said in
televised concluding remarks at a special meeting of his
cabinet in the southern port city of Karachi.

"We are with them, we fully support them and we have no
intention to see the fall of any institution," he said.

Gilani further said his government was committed to
working with all state institutions.

"We are the elected people of Pakistan. We should respect
the judiciary, we should respect the military, we should
respect parliament and we should also respect the media. There
is a thin line but we will take all of them along. This is our
commitment," he said.

"Sometimes governments are formed and sometimes they
fall. We have fallen and risen several times. It is not a new
struggle for us to be in power," Gilani added.

Gilani`s remarks came against the backdrop of continuing
tensions between his government and the powerful army over an
alleged memo that sought US help to stave off a possible coup
after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

There has been widespread speculation that President Asif
Ali Zardari, who spent almost a fortnight in Dubai earlier
this month for medical treatment, would be forced out by the
military over the scandal.

PTI