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Military to back Pak SC

The Pakistan Army’s top commanders have decided to throw their weight behind the Supreme Court in its standoff with the civilian government over the memo scandal and the revival of high-profile corruption cases, according to a media report on Friday.

world Updated: Jan 14, 2012 00:18 IST

The Pakistan Army’s top commanders have decided to throw their weight behind the Supreme Court in its standoff with the civilian government over the memo scandal and the revival of high-profile corruption cases, according to a media report on Friday.

The decision was made at a meeting of top commanders chaired by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday, The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying.

Kayani held consultations with corps commanders and principal staff officers on the evolving political situation during the meeting.

There was no official word on the meeting from the military’s media wing.

During their meeting on Thursday, the army’s top commanders “appear to have their eyes set on the apex court to deal a decisive blow against the beleaguered” government, The Express Tribune reported.

According to an unnamed military official, the commanders decided that the army would stand behind the apex court, which has warned that the PM could be disqualified if the government failed to reopen high profile corruption cases by January 16.