Pakistan Military Chief Pushes President to Yield to Demonstrators’ Demands

With fears of unrest spreading in Pakistan, the nation’s powerful military chief personally interceded in an effort to persuade President Asif Ali Zardari to yield to key opposition demands and end the deepening crisis, Pakistani officials said.

The Wall Street Journal

It was the first time since the restoration of democracy more than a year ago that the military — which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 61-year history — has taken such a direct role in what are considered civilian affairs. The move by military chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani came amid a third day of antigovernment protests that the government has sought to damp by arresting hundreds of opposition activists and banning demonstrations.

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