Gilani, Mukhtar mediating between Zardari, Kayani to remove differences

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Islamabad, Jan.3 (ANI) : In a bid to remove 'misunderstanding' between President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar are likely to arrange a meeting between the two.

According to insiders, Gilani and Mukhtar are working together to resolve issues before the expected visit of top US officials, General Stanley McChrystal and Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

Both the American officials are expected to visit Pakistan later this month.

Gilani has informed Zardari that there are 'no more misunderstandings between the civil and military leadership on the Kerry-Lugar Bill' and all the concerns expressed by the Pakistan Army in October last on the Bill will be addressed by the US.

Mukhtar suggested the President to invite all the corp commanders and formation commanders for a dinner at the Presidency as Supreme Commander of Pakistan's armed forces in order to reduce the differences.

One of the federal ministers has also suggested Gilani that he should invite the Army Chief as a special guest in the proposed cabinet meeting, The News reports.

"Participation of General Kayani would give an impression that there are no differences between the civilian and military leadership," the minister said. (ANI)

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