Islamabad: Pakistan's Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's remarks criticising the military for failing to detect Osama bin Laden's presence in the country should be expunged from parliamentary records.

He said the remarks by Gilani could be used as a chargesheet against the armed forces.

"The statement given by the Prime Minister on the floor of the House about the presence of the al-Qaeda chief can be used as a chargesheet against our armed forces by the international community," Khan said while speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly or Lower House of Parliament.

"The Prime Minister made his statement on record. Therefore, he should withdraw his statement and it should be expunged from the proceedings of the House," he said.

Gilani had strongly criticized the military in two separate speeches on December 22.

Speaking in the National Assembly, he had questioned the security establishment's failure to detect bin Laden's presence in Pakistan for six years.

He had asked who had granted a visa to the al-Qaeda chief to enter the country.

It later emerged that Gilani had spoken out against the military after being angered by Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Naeem Lodhi's failure to obey a directive.

Lodhi is considered to be very close to army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Several politicians considered close to the security establishment have criticised Gilani's remarks.

(Agencies)