Pakistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's opposition leader says the country's
army should stop interfering in domestic and foreign affairs of the
civilian government, in a rare criticism of the powerful military.

The remarks Friday by Nawaz Sharif appear aimed at capitalizing
on popular anger at the army in the wake of the U.S. raid on Osama
bin Laden last month.

Sharif told reporters that the army should stop its "dominance
of Pakistan's foreign policy" and stop favoring "one particular
party" in Afghanistan.

His comments could open up a new and unpredictable faultline
between one of the country's most popular politicians and the
powerful military.

National elections are scheduled for 2013, and many analysts
believe Sharif's party is likely to win.


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