TITLE=PAK / MILITARY TAKEOVER (L-UPDATE)
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
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
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
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)
12-Oct-1999 15:16 PM EDT (12-Oct-1999 1916 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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