DATE=1/27/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / PAKISTAN L ONLY NUMBER=2-258502 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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 abeyance. /// 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 stability. U-S officials say they are extremely concerned about allegations that some elements of the Pakistani government are providing general support for terror groups. 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 terrorist groups. /// 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 1997. (Signed) NEB/KBK/ENE/pt 27-Jan-2000 16:03 PM EDT (27-Jan-2000 2103 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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