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Updated: May 1, 2012 17:28 IST

We believe in ‘strong democratic system’: Kayani

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Pakistan's Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani during an official event in Rawalpindi. File photo
AP Pakistan's Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani during an official event in Rawalpindi. File photo

Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has waded into a standoff between the government and judiciary, saying the country’s development and welfare depend on state institutions functioning within their constitutional limits.

The country’s Constitution has “clearly defined the responsibilities and functions of national institutions” and it is incumbent on them “to perform their duties within constitutional limits”, he said while delivering an address at an event marking the army’s Youm-e-Shahada (Day of Martyrs) on Monday.

In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s conviction of contempt by the Supreme Court for refusing to act on orders to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, Kayani said the prime objective of the democratic system is to “ensure the welfare, happiness and increased dignity of the people and the establishment of a balanced society where every person can get justice equally“.

“This is the only way which can further strengthen Pakistan’s national security,” he said during the late night ceremony to honour soldiers killed in the line of duty and while fighting extremists.

The military, he said, believes in a “strong democratic system and its continuation“.

At the same time, Kayani touched on the national security situation and said Pakistan is “still in a state of war” despite unprecedented sacrifices made by the people and security forces in the campaign against terrorists and extremists.

The Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Pakistan Rangers and police had “achieved successes in many difficult areas while fighting against extremists and terrorists” while the people’s sacrifices and steadfastness had boosted the morale of the armed forces.

“I am hopeful that we will emerge from this stage victorious with the help and prayers of the nation. We will be successful when we have a strong belief in the ideology of Pakistan. Any doubt about this ideology would weaken the country,” Kayani told a gathering that included top Pakistani military officials and defence attaches from different countries.

The army chief also referred to the unilateral American raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden and a cross— border NATO air strike that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead in November last year and said: “some foreign elements had launched a campaign of mistrust” despite the sacrifices made by the Pakistani people and armed forces.

This campaign “pushed the entire nation into a psychological crisis and forced the nation to review relations with others”, he said.

“We think that others will have to keep in mind our sovereignty, pride and honour,” he added.

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from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: May 2, 2012 at 00:55 IST

... The judiciary in Pakistan is not free as it is in India. The single case of Gilani being convicted doesn't mean that justice will prevail in Pakistan as the most wanted terrorists are still at large being patronized by top level politicians and Army ! As far as Kayani , who is described as wolf and his softness towards ISI & its direct & indirect support for terrorists to formant trouble in India especially in Kashmir.

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 16:15 IST

If Gen kayani follows what he says in this news report,it will bode
well for the whole subcontinent.Our people should be cautious of
various machinations of agents of transnational corporations to spread
some paid news to create a market for their merchandise to make money!
These agents use smokescreen of patriotism,creating an environment of
crisis, terror scenario or any machinations suiting to their goal!
However we must not decrease our impoprtance of DRDO if they are
trying to develop indigeneous technology using Indian components, not
a knocked down imported system!

from:  Atis
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 12:19 IST

''We are not very sure that like India,Pakistan also holds the view that juduciary is one of the four pillars of the constitution.But the court ruling in this case shows that this pillar concept is recognised in Pakistan also.The Pakistanis and the court should have some insight into the great book'the spirit of Laws"some times referred to by the Indian judges.The law should take its course but should not stray here and there.We hope the Spirit of Laws is practiced according the spirit of the masses.

from:  seshachalam gopalakrishnan
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 10:58 IST
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