Time magazine dubs Gilani govt too weak to act

July 30th, 2008 - 11:04 am ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto

Washington , July 30 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilanis coalition government seems to be too weak to act as the country is seen grappling with internal disputes, and is weighed down by the pressures of a fast souring economy, says a report in the Time magazine.

According to it, Gilani is also viewed as ceding many prerogatives of the prime ministers office to PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari and to Rehman Malik, Benazir Bhuttos security chief who is, in effect, Pakistan s minister for the interior.

It adds that Gilani carries the reputation of being an understated politician, but reviews of his performance so far have been mixed.

Comparing the present regime with Musharrafs, the magazine says that the previous government possessed more appeal for Washington as he had control of both the Army and the Government.

By contrast, the Musharraf years held obvious appeal for Washington . As a man in control of both the army and the government, the former army chief wielded greater power, and where necessary, could be counted to resist public opinion. Gilanis struggling government is deeply susceptible to public opinion, with recent polls consistently recording majorities hostile to the use of military force (against militants), the Daily Times quoted the magazine as saying. (ANI)

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