No need for others to worry about Kayani`s extension: Gilani

Gilani says that there’s no reason for others to worry about the issue of Pak Army chief Kayani being granted an extension because he will make the final decision in this regard.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 16:06 PM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani has said that there is no reason for others to worry
about the issue of Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani being granted an extension because he will make the
final decision in this regard.

"Let me decide (the issue of granting an extension to
the army chief). It is my prerogative. You need not worry
about this matter," Gilani said when he was asked by reporters
whether Kayani`s term of service would be extended.

The premier made the remarks while interacting with
journalists on the sidelines of an official function at Baloki
near Lahore yesterday.

The Pakistani capital has been abuzz with speculation
that Kayani has been given a two-year extension.

Kayani is set to retire in November but there have
been reports in the past few months that he could be given an
extension or made the Chief of Defence Staff so that he can
continue to guide Pakistan?s armed forces in the war against
terrorism.

Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman for President Asif
Ali Zardari, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces,
yesterday said the Prime Minister will decide the issue of
extending Kayani`s term.

Under the 18th constitutional amendment, it is the
Prime Minister`s prerogative to decide on Kayani`s term, Babar
said.

PTI