Pak PM Gilani meets Kayani, Pasha; tensions easing?
Observers said the meeting reflected the easing of tensions between the civilian government and the powerful military.
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday held a meeting with Pakistan`s Army and intelligence
chiefs to discuss the regional security situation and the
reconciliation process in Afghanistan, reflecting the easing
of tensions between the civilian and the military leadership.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar too was present at
Gilani`s meeting with Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and
Inter-Services Intelligence head Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha at
the Prime Minister`s House.
The leaders "held a detailed meeting to discuss the
regional security situation", said a statement issued by the
Observers said the meeting reflected the easing of
tensions between the civilian government and the powerful
military over an alleged memo that had sought US help to stave
off a possible Army takeover in Pakistan after the killing of
Osama bin Laden in May last year.
A Supreme Court-appointed commission and a parliamentary
panel are investigating the memo scandal.
Pakistan`s former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, was
forced to resign after Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor
Ijaz made the memo public though the government has said it
played no role in drafting or delivering it to the US
Gilani today asked the Foreign Minister to undertake a
visit to Afghanistan, the statement said, without specifying
when Khar would make the trip.
"In the meeting, the ongoing reconciliation process in
Afghanistan also came under discussion keeping in view the
stability and security of the region," the statement said.