‘Political battle may make Pak Army restive for power’

The intensifying battle between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif could result in tilting of political balance towards fundamentalists and even serve to make the military restive for ‘power again’,according to a media report.

Written by Agencies | New York | Published:February 28, 2009 5:16 pm

The intensifying battle between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif could result in tilting of political balance towards fundamentalists and even serve to make the military restive for ‘power again’,according to a media report.

If the situation continues to worsen,there will be new opportunities for the religions right that would be inimical to Washington,’The New York Times’ reported quoting Pakistani politicians and analysts.

The paper quoted officials as saying that though Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has vowed to keep the Army out of politics,and is serious about his pledge,there could come a time when political instability becomes so great and the Army would feel compelled to step in.

The domestic struggle is shaping up as a potential crisis for the Obama administration as it tries to focus the government on fighting the al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgency,the ‘Times’ said.

For Pakistan,where the military has ruled for more than half of the 61 years since independence and civilian governments have rarely completed a full term,combat between senior politicians is quite familiar,the ‘Times’ noted.

The fresh political crisis was set off by a Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that bars Sharif,and his brother,Shahbaz,from holding any elected office.

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