January 11th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

Pakistani defense secretary sacked

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary Wednesday, a move that spiked tensions between the South Asian nation's civilian government and its all-powerful military.

The prime minister's spokesman confirmed to CNN the firing of Naeem Khalid Lodhi. State 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" of 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."

The latest tension comes as Pakistan's Supreme Court investigates a controversial, unsigned memo allegedly drafted by the civilian leadership in which it asked the United States to help rein in the nation's powerful 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.

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  1. @CNN

    Please report more stories of Wall Streeter's being sacked. Paki is interesting, but a little far from home. We are protesting on Wall Street, not on Pakistan Way. Thanx.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO © channeling Andy Rooney

    Sacked. I like that CNN is using British terminology in some stories lately. It gives them more class. He wasn't fired. He was sacked. I don't know if I would rather be fired or sacked. Being fired would make me think they were setting me on fire. That would be painful. Being sacked would make me think they were kicking me in the sack. That might be even more painful. It's not enough to lose your job. Do they have to inflict pain too?

    January 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well done, Andy.
      If you were still alive, I'd tell you to trim your eyebrows; you're starting to look like a Great Horned Owl.
      Moot point, now.

      January 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Whenever they use the British version for firing, aka Sacked, I picture some 320 pound defensive lineman coming up and putting the fired person into the ground with a painful tackle.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Did they get to him in the end-zone for a safety ?

    January 11, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Two points!

      January 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. sacked is better than unemployable

    I'd rather be sacked or fired than be unemployable. People who have spent the first decade of their adult life bosseing and drugging oftentimes find that the savvy employer has no need for them. And so they claim, and are denied Social Security disablilty. No problemo. They just hire one of the thousands of lawyers who specialize in sueing the Social Security Admininistration. You've seen dozens of these lawyer's cheap late-night TV commerrcials targeting the lazy drunks/druggies. Our Social Security Amin. cannot afford to defend ourselves against these thousands and thousands of fake claims, and so we give the bums 880 bucks a month for life just to get them to stop biatching for free booze/drug money. Our churches and foodbanks feed and clothe them. So their SS check doesn't need to be squandered on food and clothes. Unemployable dregs of society riding the backs of hard working Americans.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What's your solution?
      Somehow, I see the word 'final' in there somewhere...

      January 11, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    I wonder if eyebrows keep growing after you die, like fingernails and hair.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well, if the skull skin shrinks, as it must with decomposition, it would look like it, I suppose...

    January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rich

    What's with all the © comments.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      An attempt at troll control.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Some of the "regular" commenters have been copywriting/ trademarking screen names. The trolls' comments tend to not have them.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      We do what we can to protect our integrity.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    The "regulars" that *have* integrity; some have none at all. We all know who they are by their failure to put their foil cap on.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Unemployable

    Sacked or fired is better than being unemployable like the man who drank his life away and now sits on Social Security Disabilty. Imagine that. Drinking away 80% of your own liver and getting paid 900 bucks per month for doing it. Only in America.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What's your solution?
      Somehow, I see the word 'final' in there somewhere.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Unemployable

    Even a drunk bumb at a public library can copy/paste whatever symbol he wants next to his username. Just as some little girls like to tie bows in their hair. Some *anti-troll* security system you have there.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I asked you a direct question. Answer it.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Unemployable

    The solution was always unemployment insurance, and social security retirement benefits. Now it's fraudulent disablity claims, both social security and military entytlement. Really. If we found a way to allow the CIA to help our overwhelmed FBI who has been trying to tackle this problem, I believe that the problem would be solved, finally. I mean how many trillions of dollars have been wasted on fraudulent disability claims over the decades? Too many.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You speak out of both sides of your mouth at once.
      You don't have any solutions at all, just more meaningless bull, right, Mr. Cunningham?

      January 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unemployable ™ ®

      The solution is turning the CIA loose on those who defraud our genourous welfare system and pilliage our Social Security Treasury as well as defraud military entytlement programs. Unless you have a better idea.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dyslexic

    Pakistan defends stacked secretary. Can we get a picture?

    January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      January 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unemployable ™ ®

    There. I feel so much more secure now with my handy anti-troll technology ™ and ®

    January 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. my c is smaller than your c

    Ha ha

    January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. my c is smaller than you c. ha ha

    But neither of our c's are as small as the one found by Arizona State University after scanning moonrocks NASA Said were from the moon. There is actually a copyright symbol on one of the rocks. Isn't that something.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      It's a groove. A c looks like a groove. So does a groove in a rock. I'd be more impressed if it was a c inside a well formed circle, but it's a rough groove. Mt Fuji must be fake too, because it looks like a triangle. Italy is fake, because it looks like a boot. Don't get me started on Scandinavia.

      January 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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