`No chance` of military coup in Pak: Gilani

No state institution, including the military, or the people of Pakistan want a coup, Gilani said.

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2012, 18:55 PM IST

Davos: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has
said that there was "no chance" of a military coup in Pakistan
ever as all stakeholders including the Army, desires democracy
and stability in the country.

"I don`t think there will be a coup in Pakistan ever.
There is no threat to democracy," Gilani told reporters on the
sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in
Switzerland.

No state institution, including the military, or the
people of Pakistan want a coup and all stakeholders favour a
democracy, he said.

There was "no chance" of a military takeover, he said.

Gilani`s remarks came against the backdrop of the worst
political crisis endured by his nearly four-year-old
government - a stand off with the military over an alleged
memo that had sought US help to prevent a possible coup after
the killing of Osama bin Laden last year.

Gilani also spoke on a host of other issues, including
Pakistan-US ties following the cross-border NATO air strike
that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year.

He described the incident as a "turning point" in ties
that created a "bad taste".

Even before the NATO attack, there were a number of other
incidents that had strained ties between the two countries to
a large extent, he said yesterday.

Pakistan`s parliament will define the new terms of
engagement for the US, Gilani said. He hoped these new terms
would be "more productive and lasting".

Under the policies of the previous military regime,
former President Pervez Musharraf took all decisions without
taking the people into confidence, he remarked. "If there is
no support of the public, no one can win a war," Gilani said.

Asked about US drone strikes in Pakistan`s tribal belt,
Gilani said the country was against the spy plane campaign as
it was "illegal and counterproductive".

PTI