Washingtons silence over Pak turmoil unusual: Reports

March 11th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Washington, Mar.11 (ANI): Amidst all the political blame-game in Pakistan, Washingtons silence has amused quite a few given the fact it considers the former as one of its important allies.
The US State Department is being unusually silent about the situation with no comments being made by the spokesperson till now, and no U.S. appeals for calm either.
Speculation is ripe that Pakistan is headed for yet another bout of military rule amidst the on-going political pandemonium in the country with all major opposition parties announcing their support to the lawyers long march to be held next week.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif lashed out at the PPP, and particularly at President Asif Ali Zardari, ever since he and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif were disqualified by a Supreme Court verdict from contesting elections.
Sharif along with cricketer turned politician and leader of the Justice Party of Pakistan, Imran Khan have announced their support to the anti-government protests.They have termed the Zardari regime as being no different to the despotic rule of General Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistan has certainly been witnessing turmoil from a long tome now, as its northern tribal areas have fallen into Taliban hands. The region is now being termed a safe haven for terrorists by the international community. The recent political commotion has made matter worse.
According to Fox News, no higher level phone calls have been confirmed either. But according to a US State Department official, the anticipated review on Pakistan is at an advanced stage.
For now, it seems that the political by lanes of Washington are involved in just one thing wait and watch, as far as Pakistan politics is concerned. (ANI)

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