Military should bow to civilian rule, suggests Gilani

January 4th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has again suggested that the military should always remain subservient to civilian rule.

All national institutions should perform their functions in their respective domains, he said Tuesday at the National Defence University (NDU) here, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

“Democracy guarantees dynamic stability. It enables the creative forces of our people to find expression and full resonance for the socio-economic transformation of our country,” he added.

APP said the audience included Chief of Army General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M. Asif Sandila and senior officials of the three services.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also attended the event.

“Our institutions are stable and have a rich history and tradition,” said Gilani, who recently created a flutter when he bluntly told the military that only the elected government can decide Pakistan’s future.

The prime minister promised to work towards creating “a stable external environment conducive to economic growth”.

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