ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Countrys civilian leaders should capitalise on public anger with the military and try to ease its grip on power, a leading human rights activist and lawyer said on Tuesday. Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights campaigner and head of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said the mood in the country provided an opportunity to start correcting a lopsided balance of power between the Army and the civilian government. I am hopeful that public opinion will finally embolden civil society, including politicians. But its not going to happen tomorrow morning, she told Reuters in a telephone interview. Its going to be a perpetual struggle. They are not just going to hand over and say 'thank you very much we are now under civilian control. But at least they know thats what people want now. Our parliament has to strengthen itself for anyone to change because nobody hands over power just voluntarily, said Asma. The parliament will have to be more forceful and also begin to realise that they (the Army) cant hold the economy of this country hostage, foreign policy hostage. They have selfishly overlooked the interests of the people of Pakistan. We think that its time to change, said Asma Jahangir. The government needs to make legislation on intelligence agencies. They need to debate the defence budget. They dont need to cut it but at least they need to debate it, said Asma and added There are parliamentary committees that are oversight structures for them. And there needs to be more parliamentary committees which are more effective. Asma said politicians and Pakistanis should move swiftly, but cautiously, to try and strengthen civilian institutions while the military seems vulnerable. Momentarily they are a bit worried. They are vulnerable to the extent that people are besieging them to change. It is critical, she said. They have a way of overcoming it too. They know that this is momentary. They will soon start getting their civilian counterparts to change public opinion to confuse the issue, to demonise people. We have seen it happen before.