Pak army 'will not cooperate' with new defence secretary
The report said military officials have warned that the army would be likely to refuse to work with the newly-appointed Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi, "signaling the possibility of a serious rupture between the army and the civilian government".
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Image: Pakistan's newly-appointed Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi
'Firing Lodhi a desperate measure by Pak govt'
"It is a desperate measure," said Ikram Sehgal, a defence analyst and former army officer. "They want the army to react and to make a coup".In a day of fast paced developments in Pakistan, the army warned Gilani of "grievous consequences" for his recent criticism of the military and the Inter-Services Intelligence even as the prime minister sacked the defence secretary over the memo scandal.
Image: Lt Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was sacked by Pak PM Gilani on Wednesday
'PM's staff put pressure on Lodhi to contradict Kayani on memo'
The two had told the Supreme Court last month that the memo, allegedly drafted by former ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, was authentic."The government had prepared a draft that stated that the Ministry of Defence does not agree with General Kayani and Genera Pasha's opinions about the veracity of the memo," said the military official, who was present during the discussions.
"General Lodhi refused to sign the document, saying those were not his words".
Image: Pak army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani