TITLE=U-S / PAKISTAN L ONLY
INTRO: The United States has accused Pakistan's
military government of undermining the integrity of
the Judiciary. U-S officials are also warning
Pakistan it could be labeled a supporter of
international terrorism if it gives direct aid to
groups believed to have links to the government. From
the State Department, VOA's Kyle King has this report.
TEXT: The U-S expressions of concern about terrorism
and the military government's commitment to democracy
come one day after Judges in Pakistan were ordered to
take an oath of allegiance to the military.
Six Supreme Court justices have refused to take the
oath, which would shield General Pervez Musharraf's
military government from future legal action.
State Department spokesman James Rubin said the United
States deplores the military government's order.
/// Rubin act ///
This move by General Musharraf undermines the
integrity and independence of the Judiciary in
Pakistan by forcing judges to uphold the order
that would place Pakistan's constitution in
/// End act ///
Mr. Rubin said the action is contrary to return of
civilian rule that General Musharraf promised when he
took power in October.
The action also came one week after a high level U-S
delegation visited Pakistan to discuss concerns about
the return to democracy, terrorism and regional
U-S officials say they are extremely concerned about
allegations that some elements of the Pakistani
government are providing general support for terror
The State Department spokesman said the United States
has not received the assurances from Pakistan it would
like, and believes it is possible to clamp down on
/// Rubin act two ///
If the Secretary of State determines that a
government has repeatedly provided support for
international terrorism directly, then she would
be prepared to designate that country as a state
sponsor of terrorism.
/// End act ///
Such a move would force a cut in nearly all U-S aid to
Pakistan. One of the groups U-S officials have
expressed concern about is a Kashmiri militant
organization with possible links to the hijackers of
an Indian airliner in December.
The group, known as the Harkat ul-Mujahedeen, was
placed on the State Department's Terrorist list in
27-Jan-2000 16:03 PM EDT (27-Jan-2000 2103 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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