“My Army” won’t topple democratically elected Pak government: Gilani

Saturday, November 6, 2010

LAHORE - Ruling out any possibility of a military takeover in Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that ‘his army’ will not rebel against him.

“This is my Army. They will not come,” The News quoted Gilani, as saying.

He made these remarks when asked by the media if there was any possibility of military intervention under the present circumstances.

Gilani was replying to questions of journalists after addressing an international education conference, “School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn”, organised by the Beaconhouse Group at a local hotel on Friday.

The premier also said that the critics who tolerated dictatorship for decades should now tolerate democracy.

“No one criticises dictators; however, whenever democracy comes in the country, it has to face criticism,” he added.

Gilani pointed out that the present democratic government had successfully resolved the NFC, 18th Amendment and Gilgit-Baltistan issues. Also, Kala Dhaka had been declared a settled area after 110 years, he noted, adding that running the government in such circumstances was not an easy job.

To a question regarding Nawaz Sharif’s disappointment with his government, he said that everybody had the right to express his point of view.

“I respect that because this is the beauty of democracy. We believe in politics of reconciliation,” he added.

To another question, Gilani said, “I have good relations with the judiciary and why you media people want to drag me in some conflict,” and added that he loved to have good relations with all. (ANI)

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