ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday said that any official action by a government functionary without the prior approval of the government was unconstitutional and illegal. In an interview to a Chinese newspaper, Prime Minister Gilani referred to the observation of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry that any act of a government functionary without the government’s nod is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. PM Gilani pointed out that the responses given by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and DG ISI Ahmed Shuja Pasha to the Supreme Court in connection to the alleged memo controversy did not contain the approval of the competent authority as required. No summary seeking approval of a competent authority was initiated by the Ministry of Defence, nor was any approval obtained from the defence minister in this regard. The Prime Minister stated that in two simultaneous issues, one relating to the Nato attack on Pakistani borders and the other relating to a letter written by an American national to another American, the civil and military leadership of Pakistan held detailed meetings and took immediate decisions.