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Gilani says no rift between Govt, Army

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said there was no rift between the civilian government and the powerful army and the ruling regime was serious about scrapping the President's sweeping powers.

world Updated: Jan 02, 2010 16:58 IST

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said there was no rift between the civilian government and the powerful army and the ruling regime was serious about scrapping the President's sweeping powers.

"The military is playing its role very efficiently and there is no sort of rift (between) the army and the civil government. I do not see any rift. We have good relations," he told reporters after meeting the families of security personnel who died in terrorist attacks.

The Pakistani media has been abuzz with speculation about deteriorating relations between the army and Pakistan Peoples Party since party chief and President Asif Ali Zardari said "non-state actors" were conspiring against him and the country.

Responding to questions from the media, Gilani said institutions like the army, judiciary and parliament were working within their limits.

"There could be a clash (between these institutions) only if they cross their limits. There is no need to worry as no one is crossing the limits now," he said.

Gilani expressed confidence that the PPP-led federal government will complete its five-year term.

"I will be worried the day the people are not with me (but) there is no such thing now. The PPP respects the people's mandate. The people have given us a mandate for five years," he said.