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Pakistan PM speaks on dismissal of defence secretary

01-12-2012 14:34 BJT

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Pakistan's prime minister says he had no choice but to sack his defence secretary for what he called "flouting the rules of business".

Yousuf Reza Gilani fired the minister earlier on Wednesday in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington that has enraged the army, escalating a crisis pitting the civilian government against the military leadership.

The unsigned memo sent to Washington asked for help in reining in the power of the military in exchange for favourable security policies.

The army warned of "grievous consequences" as a result of the stand-off.

The latest development could further hamper US efforts to rebuild shattered ties with Pakistan that are needed to negotiate an end to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The incident is being seen as a sign of near-open conflict between the army and the government.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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