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Premier denies army purge rumours

Pakistan's prime minister has denied reports that he plans to sack the country's powerful army and intelligence chiefs amid tension with the military over a secret memo scandal.

Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani said he did not view the generals as a threat to democracy, contradicting statements he made last week.

The current scandal centres around a memo sent to Washington in May asking for help in stopping a supposed military coup in the wake of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Local media reports speculated that Gilani might try to sack army chief General Pervez Ashfaq Kayani and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, Lieutenant General Shuja Pasha, to neutralise the threat to his government.

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