DATE=10/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK / MILITARY TAKEOVER (L-UPDATE) NUMBER=2-254933 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's state television has announced that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been dismissed, and that the army chief will address the nation. The announcement (late Tuesday night) came just hours after troops moved into Islamabad to take control of all government buildings. V-O-A's Scott Anger reports from the Pakistani capital. TEXT: The army has staged a coup against Pakistan's democratically-elected government. The move has led to the dismissal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Regular transmission resumed on Pakistan's state television late Tuesday night, with the announcement [of Mr. Sharif's dismissal]. The army action follows hours of confusion across the country as to who was in control of the government. Army troops surrounded Prime Minister Sharif's residence in Islamabad shortly after he dismissed Pakistan's powerful army chief of staff, General Pervez Musharraf. Less than an hour after the general's dismissal order was announced, army troops moved into Islamabad to take control of government buildings. Tension has been growing between Prime Minister Sharif and General Musharraf since the withdrawal of Pakistani forces from Indian Kashmir, under U-S pressure, earlier this year. Pakistan's military was widely seen in the West as being behind the fighting in Kashmir, which triggered the worst confrontation between Pakistan and India in 30 years. The army took the prime Minister's decision to withdraw from Kashmir as a betrayal. Agfter dismissing General Musharraf, the prime minister named Lieutenant-General Ziauddin, head of Pakistan's Inner Services Intelligence agency, to replace Mr. Musharraf. The I-S-I is Pakistan's equivalent of the U-S Central Intelligence Agency. General Musharraf was promoted to chief of staff of the army last October, after Mr. Sharif forced his predecessor to step down, for criticizing Mr. Sharif's government. Pakistan's powerful military has a history of coups against civilian governments. The military has ruled the country for about half the time since Pakistan gained independence in 1947. (Signed) NEB/SA/WTW 12-Oct-1999 15:16 PM EDT (12-Oct-1999 1916 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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