Report: Pakistan PM sacks defence secretary

January 11, 2012 14:14

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's prime minister has sacked the defense secretary, local television channels reported on Wednesday, a move likely to ratchet up tension with the country's powerful military.

The channels did not give a reason why the secretary, Retired Lieutenant General Khalid Lodhi, who was the top defense bureaucrat, was fired.

The move comes amid high tension over an unsigned memo that sought US help in reining in Pakistan's generals.

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