Mullen says he stopped Pak COAS Kayani from interfering in political crisis

March 15th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar.15 (ANI): While Pakistan continues to boil over the political bedlam, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Michael Mullen has rebuked the notion that the Pak Army is set to take over the country.
Mullen said he actually stopped Pakistans Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from interfering in the prevailing political stalemate in the country.
Mullen added that Washington is closely monitoring the developments in Pakistan, and is extremely concerned by it.
Mullen said that he had talks with the Pak army chief several times in the recent past, and Kayani has assured him that he is committed to a civilian government in the country.
Mullen, however, said that if the political brick bating continues for long then it could provoke the army to intervene.
He (Kayani) wants to do the right thing for Pakistan. But he is in a very tough spot. There is not a high probability right now, but the political crisis could provoke Pakistani military to intervene, Mullen said.
The situation continues to deteriorate, very slowly under a political leadership because of the totality of the crisis, he added.
Mullen also expressed fears that the on-going political crisis in Pakistan may see militants initiating some big operation in future.
Pakistan is a country with nuclear weapons. Its 165 million people and should we move to a point where somehow there is a theocratic government there with nuclear weapons, thats something that keeps me up, he said.
Mullen said the US would go ahead and hit high-value targets inside Pakistan if Washington felt threatened from this part of the world, The Nation reports.(ANI)

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