No ‘creeping coup’ taking place in Pak: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said all stakeholders in the country favour democracy in Pakistan.

Zeenews Bureau

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday rejected a perception that democracy was under threat and a ‘creeping coup’ was taking place in Pakistan.

All stakeholders in the country favour democracy in Pakistan and "no one has a desire to violate the Constitution", Gilani said in Davos where is attending the World Economic Forum.

Gilani rejected any perception of a clash between the state institutions and said all stakeholders in the country favoured democracy.

He said that since several things were happening at the same time, it was being felt that there was some kind of clash, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

Referring to his meeting with Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha prior to his departure for Davos, Gilani said it focused on security matters related to Afghanistan and was also attended by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Gilani said civil society, the intelligentsia, the media, the parliamentarians, want democracy in the country.

"Nobody is in favour of something other than democracy. Democracy is strong and will stay intact and no one has a desire to violate the Constitution," he said.

The past few months have been quite tense in Pakistan following a clash between the powerful Army and the political leadership. A secret memo said President Asif Ali Zardari had feared a military takeover following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 02 last year.

Gilani had taken on the Army by charging the Army chief and the spy chief`s court affidavit in Memogate was unconstitutional, heightening tension. He, however, took a dramatic about turn on Wednesday when he retracted that statement.

In the meantime, Gilani said the deaths of over 100 heart patients in Lahore from spurious drugs were unfortunate.

(With IANS inputs)

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