| GEO Pakistan|
| General Kayani highly professional, pro-democracy: PM|
| Updated at: 0146 PST, Wednesday, August 13, 2008|
ISLAMABADP: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday praised Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as a highly professional and pro-democracy.
“I want to assure you that Army Chief General Kayani is a highly professional and he is pro-democracy”, Gilani told the newsmen here in response to a question about any role of Pakistan Army in the current political situation in the country.
The Prime Minister termed the impeachment move of the coalition government vis a vis the current political situation in the country as “transition towards democracy” and said the masses should not be concerned about it.
He said the people had voted for change of system in the February 18 elections and the on-going developments are moving towards that change and transition.
“We are not against any person, rather we are implementing the mandate given by the people”, he added.
To another question about impeachment and the future of President Musharraf, the Prime Minister said, “We are talking about change of system. We are not personal with anyone.”
Asked if there was any role of US or Western powers in the impeachment move, Prime Minister Gilani said, all the decisions are to be taken by the people of Pakistan, the parliament and the elected representatives.
About his role in the preparation of draft of the proposed impeachment, the Prime Minister said it was the job of political parties and they have already constituted a sub-committee which was working on it.
The Prime Minister replied in negative when asked as if he could give name of the new President, adding, “it is not my job.”