UK, Pakistan deny report on Pakistani coup
Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani shaking hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Quetta last October
January 13th, 2012
10:33 AM ET

UK, Pakistan deny report on Pakistani coup

By CNN Wire Staff

UK and Pakistani officials on Friday denied a news report that Pakistan's prime minister contacted the British High Commission in a "panicky" phone call to express fears that a military coup was imminent in his country.

In a story published Friday citing anonymous sources, the Associated Press reported that the Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani asked High Commissioner Adam Thomson for "Britain to support his embattled government." Whether Britain took any action was unclear, AP reported.

"This is absolutely an incorrect report; the prime minister hasn't spoken to the high commissioner of UK on this subject," Gilani spokesman Akram Shaheedi told CNN Friday. "Democratic government led by the prime minister derives its strength from the people of Pakistan - not from any foreign power."

The spokesman for the High Commission also said the call never took place and that the commission asked AP to print a retraction.

AP spokesman Paul Colford told CNN that the news agency had received no request from the High Commission for a retraction.

The developments came as tensions between Pakistan's civilian government and its all-powerful military continued to widen. Gilani fired his defense secretary Wednesday, a move that spiked tensions.

The prime minister's spokesman confirmed to CNN the firing of Naeem Khalid Lodhi. Pakistani media reported that it was for "gross misconduct and illegal action."

The move came after Pakistan's military issued a statement warning of "grievous consequences" from a Gilani interview in The People's Daily Online of China. In it, the military said, Gilani accused the army's chief of staff and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency of violating the constitution.

"There can be no allegation more serious than what the honorable prime minister has leveled," the statement said. "This has very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country."

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Supreme Court is investigating a controversial, unsigned memo allegedly drafted by the civilian leadership in which it asked the United States to help rein in the military.

The so-called Memogate scandal has unleashed waves of political intrigue in recent weeks, and the media has described a government on a collision course with its own army.

Last month, Gilani spoke provocatively of plots to topple the government.

Later, he accepted an army statement pledging support for the democratic process.

"We have been trying to remain on the same page (with the military) for the last four years," Gilani said in an attempt to temper his comments.

In its 64 years of existence, Pakistan has had to balance its civilian and military leadership. Pakistanis have lived through three military coups and decades of military dictatorship.

Memogate, wrote businessman Mansoor Ijaz, whose column in October touched off the scandal, publicly exposed the tensions.

A series of events have also added to the furor.

The U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during a May raid on a compound located only about a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad enraged the Pakistani public and deeply embarrassed the military.

Relations became even more strained in November, after NATO forces said they mistakenly killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in airstrikes near the Afghan border - an attack the United States insists was an act of self-defense after its troops were fired upon.

Pakistan's government has formally disputed the findings of the U.S. investigation into the airstrike, saying the bombardment went on long after it reported its troops were under fire.

The United States launched its first drone attack in Pakistan Tuesday after more than a month-long lull, killing at least four suspected militants, CNN confirmed.

The drone fired two missiles Tuesday at a suspected militant compound near the provincial capital of Miranshah in the North Waziristan region, located in the country's volatile tribal belt that borders Afghanistan.

Abdul Basit, spokesman for Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, told CNN Wednesday that Pakistan did not allow for Tuesday's strike nor has it ever granted such permission to the United States.

"We have strong reservations on the drone strikes because this is a violation of our sovereignty. We can't accept violation of our sovereignty."


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  1. krm1007

    India poses a clear and present danger to the regional security of the world. ...to USA...NATO...Pakistan and Afghanistan people and armed forces. Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda and harboring them in India. These terrorists are being entertained in the Indian parliament building in New Delhi where they are residing and then smuggled over to Pakistan in Indian Army helicopters. Shame on these Indians. Like the NAZI's they need to be stopped forcefully and immediately.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
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      January 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
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  2. amit

    Such ranting on the internet fetches both sides nothing. Lets pray for satisfaction and goodwill. Shanti Shanti Shanti.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
    • Stay Stupid The Zionists Like You Stupid

      I know what I'm going to do:

      I'm going to give all my money to the zionists.

      Then, when the dirty evil zionists start WW3, I am going to demand my children join the U.S. Army and go fight the Arabs and Iranians for the devil worshiping zionists. I will want them to die for the zionists, since our traitor zionist controlled Congress will send thousands of our armed forces into the Middle East to die, and I will want my children to be among the glorious American dead. And when my children come back in a coffin, I will tell anyone who will listen, my children died for a good cause – defending the murdering lying zionists so they can continue killing innocent women and children while stealing more Arab land.

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      January 16, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  3. DrBakrochod

    NaPaki beta, just drink camel urine, everything will be all right.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      India is infested with so many people it reminds one of cattle. On top of that these hindus can't keep themselves out of medieval and barbaric news and practices. First, $ex trafficking of young girls, then worship of rats, drinking of cow uR#ne, leaving scores of sick patients behind to burn in a hospital fire, and on and on. We need to bring Indians into the modern world even though it may take centuries

      January 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  4. Tariq

    The blood of the martyred cries out for vengance, America will burn.

    January 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  5. a-reader

    On a lighter note – this Kayani fellow looks more like a band master getting ready to play in a wedding band ! Look all that bling hanging on his chest ! If he is not careful he is going to fall forward on his face due to all that weight.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
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    January 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Person

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      January 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  7. Al-Maghrib

    A first order cesspool, masquerading as techo uber nation, full of disease, poverty, sickness, misery, intolerance, injustice, racial divide, religious divide, inequality, frustration, pollution, moral vices, superstitions and worst of what mankind has to offer is none other than stinking piece of landfill we call India (aka Stinkia or AInDia or UrIndia).

    January 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • D

      this has to be a joke. If what you say is ture about India, i would like to read your opinion on the progress Pakistan has made since it's independce. Please enligthen me and change my opinion on your ridiculous rant.

      January 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • Xugos

        Lol...every story on Pakistan or India turns into a flame war between India fan-boys and Pakistan fan-boys.

        Pitiful.

        January 14, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • tonyjohn

      Al Maghrib ..is a name that reminds of terror...his family is a bunch of hooligans in egypt..preaching hatred against humainty ..mr al maghribs real name is salm al maghrib..he hates america and other nations but this coward claimed
      fake assylum (not asylum) and settled in usa..and now ranting about others..this is an evil man...that preaches and beleives in terrorism..this evil man shoult be deported from united states ...he deserves to be back in his terrorism and hate promoting ...bomb spitting ..horrible country...pls get the heck out of this great nation...you scoundrel.

      January 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  8. PakaLakaDingDong

    ButtFuckistan has nukes. That's even scarier.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • zack_fskiker

      what's your point ? a lot of countries have it. some have even used it. they haven't.
      we (as in.. not you indian trolls but us warm blooded Americans) need to stop intervening in other countries.
      let them be and not waste our US $ into their business.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • FudgePaki

        But they ship their nukes around in unprotected in minivans. And they harbor terrorists. That's scary!!!!

        January 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  9. Big T

    Turn the whole Middle East into a club med.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  10. rk from NY

    hahaha......and the pakis call this cesspool a "country".....hahahahahha

    January 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
      With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  11. mipolitic

    what day and hour is it now, just wait a while and things will change like the weather. more weddings ahead.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply

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