Pak tottering on edge of change of regime or Army rule?March 11th, 2009 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Mar.11 (ANI): Fears of return of military rule or a change of regime in Pakistan gained momentum on Wednesday after a report in Fox News indicated a source as telling it that President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in Tehran for a regional economic conference and is expected to proceed to his former home in exile Dubai.
The rumour mill went into overdrive after Pakistan Army chief Kayani met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to discuss the volatile political situation in the country, and the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Robert Brinkleys meeting with Gilani offering Britains help to find a way out of the political impasse brought about by the stand-off between Nawaz Sharif and Zardari over the restoration of judges issue, that has all but paralysed governance over the past few weeks.
On Tuesday, matters to ahead after the PPP branded Nawazs call for revolution as a mutiny and subsequently ordered a crackdown on officials and supporters of PML-N and in bid to halt the threatened to long march of lawyers to Islamabad to demand the restoration of judges, which has been Sharifs major demand since return of civilian rule in Pakistan.
Addressing a massive rally today, Sharif called upon people to overthrow the disastrous regime of Zardari, whom he claimed was leading Pakistan towards destruction.
According to the Fox News report, if the situation deteriorated further, a reluctant army could also become involved and call for the government itself to be replaced. Constitutionally the chairman of the Senate would then become acting president and call elections.
While there has been no official confirmation of the severity of the crisis from official sources, the next 48 hours may prove to be decisive in Pakistans chequered history as a democracy. (ANI)
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