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Civilian, military back scratching pact

The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has sharpened attacks on the country’s military leadership, accusing it of having a ‘back-scratching alliance’ with the civilian government, ignoring the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s advice against targeting “our own institutions”.

world Updated: Jun 09, 2011 01:22 IST

The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has sharpened attacks on the country’s military leadership, accusing it of having a ‘back-scratching alliance’ with the civilian government, ignoring the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s advice against targeting “our own institutions”.

PML-N frontbencher in the National Assembly, Khwaja Mohammad Asif, attacked what he called the “convergence of interests” of the civilian and military leaderships to promote American rather the country’s interests. He said the two sides seemed to be in an arrangement of “you scratch my back and I scratch yours”.

Khwaja Asif even questioned the lifestyle of top generals using expensive limousines, comparing them with some of the moghul emperors going to the battlefield in palanquins.

“The chiefs of staff who travel in cars worth eight crore rupees each cannot fight,” the Dawn quoted Khwaja Asif, as saying, apparently referring to the scene of the Navy chief coming to Karachi’s Mehran naval base in a BMW car soon after the May 22 deadly attack by militants.