Reports of ‘furious’ Kayani ‘hypothetical`

Reports claimed that Pak Army chief had complained to President about PM`s criticism of the military`s handling of memo scandal.

Islamabad: The presidency on Saturday rejected reports that Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had complained to President Asif Ali Zardari about the Prime Minister`s criticism of the military`s handling of the memo scandal.

Rejecting media reports in this regard, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said they were based on speculation.

"The reports, without quoting source, are hypothetical, based on conjectures and in the realm of speculation," Babar said in a brief statement.

Media reports had said that Gen Kayani had raised Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s remarks during a meeting with President Zardari.

The reports said Kayani was "furious" at Gilani`s criticism of affidavits on the memo issue that were filed by the Army and intelligence chiefs in the Supreme Court.

Kayani reportedly demanded that Gilani should explain his remarks or withdraw them.

He reportedly contended that the statements were "divisive".

During an interview on Monday, Gilani had said the Army and intelligence chiefs had acted in an "unconstitutional and illegal" manner by filing affidavits on the memo issue in the Supreme Court without getting the government’s approval.

The military hit back by saying that Gilani`s remarks could have "grievous consequences".