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Pakistan's civilian, military leadership in 'back-scratching alliance': PML-N

June 8, 2011 - Islamabad

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".

It was the second successive day that the role of top generals, particularly vis-…-vis the so-called war on terror, came under scrutiny in the National Assembly after opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had muffled his criticism in innuendoes while opening the debate on Monday.

This time, another PML-N frontbencher, Khwaja Mohammad Asif, was more outspoken when he 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 sub-continent's 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.

Lawmaker Raja Pervez Ashraf, who is also the secretary-general of the PPP's electoral wing PPP-Parliamentarians, advised the opposition to refrain from defaming "our own institutions".


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