Islamabad: Fate of Pakistan`s civilian
government remained unclear on Friday in the midst of its stand-
off with the powerful military and the Supreme Court which is
expected to give a ruling on Monday that could determine the
outcome of the current political crisis.
As embattled President Asif Ali Zardari returned home
from an overnight visit to Dubai, his ally, Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani addressed an emergency session of the
National Assembly convened by the ruling coalition where he
declared that "either there will be a democracy or
dictatorship" in the country.
Ruling coalition lawmakers introduced a resolution in the
Parliament which pledges "full confidence and trust" in the
political leadership and emphasies that all state institutions
must act within the parametres of the constitution, an
apparent reference to the influential Army, which has been
accused of interfering in the political arena.
The resolution would be voted on Monday, the day a full
17-member bench of the Supreme Court will hear the
government`s response to a six-point "do-or-die" ultimatum
given by it to the government to reopen old graft cases
against Zardari and others.
The government has so far refused to carry out these
orders, prompting the apex court to say that it could take
action against Zardari as well as Gilani. The Court had
described Gilani as "not an honest man".
After convening an emergency meeting of his Corps
Commanders yesterday, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has
made no further moves even as speculation about a possible
military coup ebbed.