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Pakistan Former Military Leaders Reject US Pressure
by Lawrence T. Scott
Sunday Jun 10th, 2012 1:04 AM
PESA reposes full confidence in SC, announces unconditional support Former military leaders condemn malicious campaign against Supreme Court Proposed restoration of local bodies, Governor Rule in Balochistan, US disregarding sensitivities, relations reaching to point of no return Corruption touching skies, early elections should be held immediately
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ESA reposes full confidence in SC, announces unconditional support

Former military leaders condemn malicious campaign against Supreme Court

Proposed restoration of local bodies, Governor Rule in Balochistan,

US disregarding sensitivities, relations reaching to point of no return

Corruption touching skies, early elections should be held immediately

Rawalpindi: [June 10]

The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Sunday condemned conspiracies to ruin prestige of the Supreme Court (SC) saying all such attempts must be resisted with full force of the law and the people of country.

Elements defaming the Apex court, the pillar of hope and the only above board state institution, will eventually meet the end they deserve, it said.

This was observed is a meeting of PESA presided by its President Lt. Gen Ali Kuli Khan. Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim, Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt. Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig. Mian Mahmud, Brig. Riaz Ahmed, Brig. Masud ul Hassan, Major Farouk Hamid Khan, Naik Raja Fazil and others were also present on the occasion.

Historic decisions of the judges have unnerved the corrupt cabal who conspired to blackmail and damage the image of the patriot, honest and incorruptible, said Lt. Gen Ali Kuli Khan.

The participants said aggressive statements by the US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta proves that America has no regard for sensitivities and difficulties of Pakistan. Both countries must take steps to check further deterioration in the relations to avoid reaching a point of no return, Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim advised.

Air Marshal Masood Akhtar said that Balochistan situation is tied to poor governance. PESA suggested Governor Rule to put the province back on track. All agencies must cooperate with the SC in the missing persons case.

Action on Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan be intensified under some hard taskmaster; natural resources be given under the ownership of provinces; electricity and gas from Iran should first be provided to Balochistan, and local bodies must be restored to give people sense of participation, Lt. Gen Naeem Akbar demanded.

Brig. Mian Mahmud,said issue of law and order in Karachi was seen as turf war among the three ruling parties. Key to peace is not with Rangers or Army but politicians who must realize the amount of harm they are inflicting on masses and the national economy.

Disregard for the Constitution and law, rampant corruption, poorest governance in history, conspiracies, mismanaged economy, rising poverty and uncertainty calls early elections, said Brig. Riaz Ahmed.

Brig. Masud ul Hassan opined that Prime Minister of Pakistan Yusuf Raza Gilani is misguiding masses on the issue of dual nationality.

Major Farouk Hamid Khan furthered that real change will occur when people discard their traditional way of voting and elect candidates on merit, the former military officers said.