Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pakistan PM won't retract criticism of military

Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday rejected a demand by the country's powerful army chief that he clarify or retract his criticism of the army and the spy agency last week, likely raising tensions further in a festering row with the military.

"The prime minister ... is answerable to parliament," Yusuf Raza Gilani told reporters in the central city of Vehari. "I will not answer to a person. I am answerable to parliament."

The latest crisis troubles Washington, which wants smooth ties between civilian and military leaders so that Pakistan can help efforts to stabilize neighboring Afghanistan, a top priority for President Barack Obama.

Read more: Reuters / 15 Jan
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