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Decision on Kayani's extension when time comes: Gilani

world Updated: May 30, 2010 16:14 IST
army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

The issue of granting an extension in service to army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is Pakistan's internal matter and a decision will be made when the time comes, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

"The extension in the term of the army chief is our own matter and a decision in this regard will be taken when the time arrives," Gilani told reporters on the sidelines of an official function on Saturday. Kayani too was present at the event.

Kayani is set to retire in November this year and there has been considerable speculation in political and diplomatic circles on whether the Pakistan People's Party-led government will grant him an extension.

Asked about launching of a military operation against the Taliban in North Waziristan tribal region, Gilani said the campaign would be started after assessing the situation.

Kayani told reporters that the military leadership will make a decision about starting the operation in North Waziristan agency.

"The decision as to when and how the military operation should be launched in North Waziristan will be taken by the military leadership keeping in view the national interests," he said.

Gilani said there would be an increase in the defence budget in the coming fiscal year. The figure will be disclosed at the time of the announcement of the next budget.

"We do not take dictation," he said.

The salaries of the armed forces had already been increased, Gilani said.

Pakistan will receive the second instalment of reimbursements for its expenses on the war on terror from the US Coalition Support Fund before the announcement of the upcoming budget, he added.