US president Barack Obama has reportedly delayed signing the Kerry-Lugar Bill approved by US congress, owing to scathing criticism on the US authorities over passing of the bill, ARY NEWS reported.

The US embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday avoided denying or confirming of the news while contacted by newsmen.

It said “There are such informations at Washington but nothing can be said as yet in this regard till the official version.”

A key English newspaper on Tuesday reported that Pakistan Army conveyed its part of protest to the US over the language and observations in the bill on Pakistan’s military services and intelligence agencies, when Commander of International Forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal met Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani at the GHQ on Tuesday

“General McChrystal returned from the GHQ with an unambiguous message that the terms set in the Kerry-Lugar Bill on the national security interests of Pakistan are insulting and are unacceptable in their present formulation,” the newspaper said in its report.

But on the other hand Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has defended the bill, portraying it as a ‘big success’ of the democratic government.

“The passage of the Kerry-Lugar Bill is a big success of the government as it is for the first time that the United States has supported a democratic government in Pakistan instead of dictatorship,” he said while addressing a meeting of the parliamentary party of the coalition partners of the government on Tuesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari has also urged PPP leaders and ministers to vigorously respond to criticism of party and government’s policies by political adversaries.

Ary News