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Gilani, Kayani forged 'joint strategy' to tackle Memo Gate controversy: Sources


December 19, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have discussed plans to evolve a joint strategy to tackle the Memo Gate controversy ahead of a trial related to the incident, sources have said.

A nine-member bench headed by Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will resume the trial of the Memo Gate case today.

A source close to President Zardari told the Express Tribune that an affidavit filed by former US national security adviser James Jones, which raised doubts on the memo's credibility has weakened the army's stance and reinforced Islamabad's uncompromising position on the controversy.

Senior Pakistan Government officials said two factors appeared to have played a significent role in preventing a possible confrontation between the government and the army.

A telephone conversation between Pakistan President Asif Zardari and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani indicated that tensions between the government and military had indeed scaled down.

Gilani has ruled out a military intervention in the Memo Gate controversy.

"There is no room for martial law in Pakistan," he said, adding that his "positive" meeting with General Kayani should dispel all claims of democracy in Pakistan being under threat.

ANI

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