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India concerned about possible army intervention in Pakistan amid political turmoil
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08:28, March 16, 2009

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India is worried over a possible army intervention in Pakistan in the face of a political turmoil in the neighboring country, triggered by protest rallies called by lawyers and former Premier Nawaz Sharif, a senior Indian official said Sunday.

"India is keeping a close watch on the political unrest in Pakistan amid reports that the Pakistani Army could take over the reins of the country if Pakistan President Asif Ali Zaradari and Nawaz Sharif do not reach a consensus on the issue of the restoration of the nation's deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chowdhury, and lifting of Governor's rule in the Punjab province," he said, on condition of anonymity.

The official added: "Pakistan's internal problem is a matter of concern for India. In 1999, Pervez Musharraf staged a coup. So, we are monitoring Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kiyani's movement and statements closely as well as tomorrow's protest rallies which is set to paralyze the country already in trouble."

Pakistan was plunged into a deeper political turmoil after Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz was Sunday placed under house arrest ahead of a major anti-government protest Monday.

But, media reports said that Sharif and a couple of his top party leaders could manage to give the police a slip and address his supporters outside his house at Model Town in Lahore, northern Pakistan.

Source: Xinhua

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